Kennedy Center to Honor Queen Latifah, Barry Gibb and Billy Crystal


Dionne Warwick, billy crystal, Queen LatifahBarry Gibb and Renée Fleming have been selected as five art figures to celebrate at the 46th annual festival. Kennedy Center HonorsAt a ceremony in Washington, DC on December 3

The ceremony will be held on December 3 and will be filmed for later airing on CBS and airing on Paramount+.

Four out of five award winners come from the music world, but Queen Latifah has shifted her focus to acting in recent years. The odds are not unusual for Kennedy Center Honors: Last year’s ceremony honored U2, Amy Grant, Tania León, and Gladys Knight, and left George Clooney out as the oddball player.

No date has been announced for the broadcast, but the 2022 ceremony also took place in the first week of December and aired in the last week of that month. The show will be produced by Done+Dusted in conjunction with ROK Productions. Elizabeth Kelly and David Jammy will serve as executive producers under the direction of Alex Rudzinski.

The announcement made it clear that choosing Queen Latifah in a year often thought of as hip-hop’s 50th anniversary was no accident. “This year, we pay special homage to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, a uniquely American culture whose continuous evolution has had enduring interest and influence, reflecting our society as it has become an international phenomenon,” said Deborah F. Rutter. Kennedy Center president, in a statement. “Hip-hop has been an important and thriving art form at the Center for several years; What a privilege to give an Honorary Award to the First Lady of Hip-Hop who has inspired us along the way.”

Each of those chosen for 2023 could reasonably be considered a household name. Gibb is the surviving member of the sibling trio Bee Gees, who have re-entered the public mindset in a big way in recent years with the HBO documentary “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart.” Opera star Fleming has been called “America’s soprano”. Warwick had great success as a pop star in the 1960s with songs like “Alfie” and was recently recognized above all by a new generation via his Twitter account. The star of the big screen and more recently the stage, Crystal, last year “Mr. Saturday night.”

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