Billy Joel, 4 others receive Kennedy Center Honors


Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five artists are being honored with this year's Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and opera star Martina Arroyo are being awarded the nation's highest honors for influencing American culture through music, while Shirley MacLaine is being honored for her impact on stage and screen.

President Barack Obama saluted the honorees at the White House today, and top entertainers will offer tribute performances tonight at the Kennedy Center. The show will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.

On Saturday night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the honorees for a black-tie dinner at the State Department. Kerry said the honorees have blazed trails, redefining the arts and American culture along the way.

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167-a-18-(President Barack Obama, at White House reception for Kennedy Center honorees)-"called Shirley MacLaine (laughter)"-President Barack Obama joked about the way Kennedy Center honoree Shirley MacLaine has always forged her own creative path. ((note length of cut)) (8 Dec 2013)

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165-a-16-(President Barack Obama, at White House reception for Kennedy Center honorees)-"things from space"-President Barack Obama jokes about formal attire and Kennedy Center honoree Carlos Santana. (8 Dec 2013)

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168-a-18-(President Barack Obama, at White House event introducing Kennedy Center honorees)-"of Long Island"-President Barack Obama Kennedy Center honoree Billy Joel became one of the world's best-selling artists of all times by singing about every-day America. (8 Dec 2013)

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169-a-11-(President Barack Honor, at White House reception for Kennedy Center honorees)-"good for free (laughter)"-President Barack Obama praises Kennedy Center honoree Herbie Hancock for his charity benefit work. (8 Dec 2013)

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166-a-14-(President Barack Obama, at White House reception for Kennedy Center honorees)-"an opera singer (laughter)"-President Barack Obama says Martina Arroyo had an unusual dream for her future. (8 Dec 2013)

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