TV icon Dick Van Dyke and actress-choreographer Debbie Allen are among this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees, joining Joan Baez, Garth Brooks and violinist Midori in the cast postponed by Covid.
The 43rd Kennedy Center Honors were scheduled for December 2020 but were postponed to May 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The winners were announced today by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“Many years ago I hosted a similar event, which I remember was held privately with the Kennedy family,” he said The Dick Van Dyke Show Star in a statement. “I saw the care with which the recipient was selected from an impressive list of nominees. Since the Kennedy Center Honors was established, just over 200 have been honored with equal care. Getting into this small, famous group is the thrill of my life. “
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During the week of May 17-22, the Kennedy Center is hosting an honoree medallion ceremony for the honorees and a limited audience. The annual gala will air on June 6th on CBS and features live filmed tributes and performances from the Kennedy Center campus.
Everyone who worked on television, among other things Fame, appeared on Broadway in the classic musical raisin, and enters, directing and executive producer ABCs Grey’s AnatomyA statement said: “I am truly humble to be recognized as the 2020 Kennedy Center Honoree. This is so much more than our country’s highest artistic prize, it is a measure of how my footprint has resonated as a path of light over the years and in this time of tremendous uncertainty, fear and search for hope. I share this glorious achievement with my family, mentors and students who inspired and drove me. I look forward to being part of a fresh start for America and reminding the world of how important the performing arts are in our lives. Much gratitude. “
When the award winners were announced, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein outlined each of the cultural contributions:
- “Debbie Allen moves seamlessly between artistic disciplines and is a cultural ambassador for everyone while making a tremendous impact on color dancers everywhere.
- “Folk icon Joan Baez breathed new life into the genre and made rock music turn to social and political consciousness
- “As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Garth Brooks has sharpened the profile of country music like no other singer before him
- “The violinist Midori has been internationally present for over 35 years and combines graceful precision and expression for performances in order to create connections between art and human experience
- “With a charm that made him one of the most beloved artists in show business history, Dick Van Dyke has brought us popular film, stage and television characters who have been adored by generations of fans for more than seven decades.”
The additional statements of the award winners were:
Brooks: “President John F. Kennedy was a childhood hero, and he has continued to go through every stage of my life. He knew that a nation is defined by its culture and a culture is defined by its arts. I’ve seen many of my heroes sit in this booth during their ceremony, and I even had the joyful privilege of singing for some of them on their special evening. Hope is to have contributed to humanity like my heroes and to inspire us to be the best we can be as individuals, citizens of the world and part of human history. But above all, just to laugh, cry, love and dream through music … I was blessed to do just that as a fan and as an artist. “
Baez: “It was a joy for me to make art. It was also my zest for life, as the late Congressman John Lewis put it, creating “good problems”. How lucky to be born able to do both; each gives strength and credibility to the other. I am indebted to many for a privileged life here. I’ve tried to share my happiness with others all over the world. Sometimes there were risks, but they are only part of the meaning of everything. My deepest thanks to the Kennedy Center for recognizing me, my art, and the good trouble I have made. “
Midori: “Through our work and actions, artists have the unique responsibility to reflect and mirror our society and to serve its needs. As a new chapter in life begins for all of us, I especially feel the necessities and possibilities of the present moment to explore a source of new and preserved energies and discoveries and to make my contribution to the search for different paths and forms of creativity and relaxation. From a young age I had extraordinary experiences. I see them as my treasure and my fortune that I can fall back on now. I want to achieve a lot in the future. My plans are to make music again, in both pioneering and traditional ways, to sing and stir what lies within us, to describe secrets of the heart and mind. In a spirit of peace and connectedness through this country and the world, I am delighted to be the recipient of one of this year’s Kennedy Center honors as together we can achieve a renewed expression of the dreams and hopes that unite us all. ”
The Kennedy Center Honors Gala, produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment, will air on CBS on June 6th at 9 p.m. ET.