Five people who are set to receive the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors have been announced. Tom Hanks, Sting and Lily Tomlin as well as soul singer Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride will be honored in a star-studded gala on December 7 for "lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts."
"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," David M. Rubenstein, Kennedy Center chairman, said in a statement on Thursday, September 4.
"Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world's greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit," he continued.
The annual prize has been awarded since 1978. The upcoming ceremony will also be attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.