By Amanda Wicks
Every year, the Kennedy Center honors artists whose creative efforts have made significant contributions to society. 2016 will find not one, not two, but four musicians on the bill.
The Eagles, James Taylor, Mavis Staples and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich will all be honored at the December awards ceremony. Actor Al Pacino is the only non-musician on the list.
Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter said in a statement, “These Honorees have each played a unique role in shaping America’s artistic landscape with their work, expressing their creativity in ways that pushed the boundaries of what art can do, and what it can mean. Their artistic triumphs have motivated us, moved us, and will continue to inspire us for generations to come.”
Every year, Kennedy Center invites other acclaimed actors, singers and musicians to showcase the work of those being awarded. Aretha Franklin brought down the house in 2015 when she paid tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King with her classic, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” With so many great names being honored in 2016, the ceremony promises to be something else.
The Kennedy Center will broadcast the ceremony on December 27 at 9pm EST/PST on CBS. This marks the last time President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will oversee the ceremony.