James Taylor, The Eagles, Mavis Staples Top List of 2016 Kennedy Center Honors
June 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM (PT)
JAMES TAYLOR, THE EAGLES and MAVIS STAPLES -- along with AL PACINO and ARGENTINE pianist MARTHA ARGERICH -- will receive 39th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS to celebrate their Lifetime Artistic Achievements DECEMBER 4th for a CBS primetime telecast DECEMBER 27th at 9p (ET/PT).
THE EAGLES were originally slated to be honored last year, but had to bow out because of the illness of GLENN FREY, who subsequently passed away JANUARY 18th.
Said KENNEDY CENTER Chairman DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN: "The KENNEDY CENTER HONORS celebrates the spectacular talents of artists whose brilliance has left a lasting impact on our society."
Added KENNEDY CENTER President DEBORAH F. RUTTER: "Reflecting on the powerful commitments these artists have made to their crafts as well as the cultural contributions they have made over the course of their illustrious careers is a humbling experience."
In a celebration on the KENNEDY CENTER OPERA HOUSE stage, produced by RICKY KIRSHNER and WHITE CHERRY ENTERTAINMENT's GLENN WEISS, the 2016 Honorees will be saluted by leading performers from NEW YORK, HOLLYWOOD, and the arts capitals of the world, presided over by President BARACK OBAMA and First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA.