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Kennedy Center Honors

The 29th annual Kennedy Center Honors will award five performing arts icons for their lifetime contributions to American culture: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber; Zubin Mehta; Dolly Parton; Smokey Robinson; and Steven Spielberg.

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The 29th annual Kennedy Center Honors will award five performing arts icons for their lifetime contributions to American culture. The 2006 Honorees--Grammy, Tony, and Academy award–winning musical theater composer and producer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber; conductor Zubin Mehta; seven-time Grammy-winning country singer, songwriter, and actress Dolly Parton; Motown singer, songwriter, producer, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Smokey Robinson; and three-time Oscar-winning film director and producer Steven Spielberg--will be saluted by stars from the world of the performing arts at an invitation-only gala performance. 

The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year. The 2006 Honorees will be saluted by stars from the world of the performing arts at a gala performance in the Kennedy Center's Opera House on Sunday evening, December 3, to be attended by the President of the United States and Mrs. Bush, and by artists from aroundthe world.

The President and the First Lady will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee, who
nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House on Sunday evening, December 3, prior to the gala performance. The Kennedy Center Honors concludes with a supper dance in the Grand Foyer.

The Kennedy Center Honors will be bestowed the night before the gala on Saturday, December 2, at a State Department dinner, hosted by the Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

The Honors Gala will be taped for broadcast on CBS, December 26 at 9 pm,  for the 28th consecutive year as a two-hour prime time special (check your local listings). George Stevens, Jr., who created the Honors in 1978 with Nick Vanoff, will produce and co-write the show for the 28th consecutive year. The Honors telecast has been honored with five Emmys for Outstanding Program as well as the Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television.

Members of the Kennedy Center's national artists committee, as well as past Honorees, made recommendations of possible Honorees.

This event is By Invitation Only. For more information to purchase tickets, please call (202) 636-8748.
All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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