Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Honored At Kennedy Center
December 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM (PT)
CBS TV broadcast "The KENNEDY CENTER Honors" last night, where a star-studded array of performers saluted the works of opera singer MARTINA ARROYO; jazz keyboardist and composer HERBIE HANCOCK; pianist, singer/songwriter BILLY JOEL; actress SHIRLEY MACLAINE; and musician/songwriter CARLOS SANTANA. The actual performace was held DEC 8th in WASHINGTON, D.C.
"The KENNEDY CENTER celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," said KENNEDY CENTER Chairman DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN.
"MARTINA ARROYO has dazzled the world with her glorious soprano voice and continues to share her artistry with a new generation of opera singers; HERBIE HANCOCK has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians in the world, constantly breaking musical barriers and redefining the art of jazz; BILLY JOEL's melodies have provided the soundtrack of our lives for over four decades making him one pop music's most prolific and memorable singers and songwriters; the remarkable breadth and range of SHIRLEY MACLAINE's acting has left an indelible impression over a nearly 60-year career on stage and screen; from his legendary performance at WOODSTOCK to his sweep at the 2000 GRAMMYS and beyond, CARLOS SANTANA's artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions."