George Jones Receives Kennedy Center Honors
December 8, 2008 at 7:02 AM (PT)
Country legend GEORGE JONES was among the entertainers given KENNEDY CENTER HONORS last night (12/7) at the annual KENNEDY CENTER gala in WASHINGTON, D.C. Others honored last night included MORGAN FREEMAN, BARBRA STREISAND, TWYLA THARP, PETE TOWNSHEND and ROGER DALTREY.
The honorees sat with PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH and FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH during the ceremony, which recognizes those who have made "lifetime contributions to AMERICAN culture through the performing arts."
The TENNESSEAN is reporting today (12/8) that the FIRST LADY led the "all-star tribute" to JONES during his recognition, describing some of her favorite songs of his as a young girl. GARTH BROOKS, ALAN JACKSON, RANDY TRAVIS and BRAD PAISLEY were among the Country stars who took the stage to sing some of JONES' signature hits. TRAVIS called him "the biggest influence I would ever know in the world."