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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:11 PM

Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell Are Among The Newest Kennedy Center Honorees

Source: NPR

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 44th lifetime achievement award winners. They are: Motown founder Berry Gordy, opera star Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and television impresario Lorne Michaels, who created Saturday Night Live.

Modeled after European distinctions such as France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres or the United Kingdom's Order of the British Empire, the Kennedy Center Honors celebrate artists who changed American culture—"not someone who happens to have a pop record hit at the moment," in the words of Bernie Sofronski, a CBS producer who helped create the awards in 1978.

This year's honorees certainly qualify. Justino Díaz performed at the Kennedy Center's grand opening 50 years ago, appearing as the male lead in Alberto Ginastera's opera Beatrix Cenci. "With his distinguished, deeply resonant voice and storied operatic career, Justino Díaz stood on the stages of the world's great opera houses and today stands as one of the greatest bass-baritones of our time," Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement.

"Visionary music producer and songwriter Berry Gordy brought the quintessential soulfulness of Detroit into every home in America," Rubenstein continued, "elevating the Motown sound to become a national treasure." Gordy described himself as "thrilled" to join the legacy of Kennedy Center honorees. "Growing up in Detroit, I was not only Black but the 'black sheep' of my family," he wrote in a statement. "I was a failure at everything I did until I was 29 years old... The Arts not only give voice to the voiceless, but connect us, transform us, and soothe our souls. The Kennedy Center Honors epitomizes the recognition and value of both the Arts, and the Artist."

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/07/21/1018367381/bette-midler-and-joni-mitchell-are-among-the-newest-kennedy-center-honorees



Congrats to all of them!

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BumRushDaShow Jul 21 OP
SheltieLover Jul 21 #1
NurseJackie Jul 21 #6
SheltieLover Jul 21 #7
MissMillie Jul 21 #11
dweller Jul 21 #2
IronLionZion Jul 21 #3
SheilaAnn Jul 21 #4
twodogsbarking Jul 21 #5
2naSalit Jul 21 #8
appalachiablue Jul 21 #9
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 21 #10
Flash953 Jul 21 #12
tonekat Jul 22 #13

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:15 PM

1. Congrars to all!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 03:26 PM

6. My favorite Joni Mitchell tune: "Help Me"

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 03:40 PM

7. My tav Divine Ms M Film

Beaches.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:04 PM

11. This one's mine--it's just so much fun


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:18 PM

2. lol, Joni

Joni Mitchell, originally from Alberta and described by the Kennedy Center as "one of the most influential singer-songwriters and cultural figures in 20th-century popular music," responded to the announcement by saying, in part, "It's a long way from Saskatoon."

✌🏻

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:03 PM

3. You don't know what you've got til it's gone

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:21 PM

4. Each one an epic talent with a well deserved honor...n/t

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 02:33 PM

5. I am wondering who will be there to honor them.

I won't want to miss it.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 04:25 PM

8. About time!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 07:24 PM

9. Wonderful group, luv them all. Thanks!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 07:31 PM

10. Two of the five are Canadians. . . . nt

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:44 PM

12. Congrats!!!

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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:01 AM

13. Well Deserved!

I look forward to seeing it on the TV.

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