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    Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:12:25

    Dolly and Smokey, National Treasures - Country and R&B stars among this year's Kennedy Center honorees.

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    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush prepairs to join Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Photo Bomber Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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    The 29th annual Kennedy Center Honors, to be held on December 3rd, will honor a quintet of eclectic and extremely successful artists: country music icon Dolly Parton, silky smooth Motown star Smokey Robinson, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, former Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic music director Zubin Mehta, and film director Stephen Spielberg.

    "This year we honor five extraordinary international artists whose abundant contributions to their fields are remarkable," said Kennedy Center chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman. "They have transformed the culture of our country and of the world."

    A day before the gala -- which will be broadcast at a later date on CBS -- the five honorees will attend a State Department dinner with Condoleezza Rice. President Bush and Laura Bush will be in attendance for the big event on the 3rd.

    "Dolly Parton's creativity and spirit make her country music's best international ambassador," said Schwarzman. "Smokey Robinson's song and voice have created the soundtrack for the lives of a generation of Americans."

    The recipients are chosen each year by the Kennedy Center's Board of Trustees. Past honorees include Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan.

    "It's hard for me to believe that a poor country girl from the hills of Tennessee could be included in such distinguished company," Parton said.

    --The ARTISTdirect Staff
    09.07.06



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