Mel Tillis Honored At The White House
February 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM (PT)
Country great MEL TILLIS was honored by President BARACK OBAMA at the WHITE HOUSE on TODAY (2/13). OBAMA honored several artists, writers and organizations for their contributions to the nation.
OBAMA gave out eight NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS and nine NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDALS during a ceremony in the WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM. Actor AL PACINO, poet RITA DOVE, poet JOHN ASHBERY, painter WILL BARNET and sculptor ANDRE WATTS were among the honored.
“I've had a blessed career, and that has been acknowledged in many ways over the years,” said TILLIS. “I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call because I didn't know there were anymore awards left to win. I'm very thankful and what an honor!"
Check out the full list of the honored participants here from THE TENNESSEAN.