Dolly and Smokey, National Treasures
Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:12:25
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