Post by Emerald City on Sept 15, 2006 20:38:07 GMT -5
The Kennedy Center Honor Roll: Five A+ Achievers
By Jacqueline Trescott Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 7, 2006; Page C01
Tributes to music from the streets of Detroit, the mountains of Tennessee and the orchestra pits of Broadway will echo at the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors in December.
The annual awards, announced yesterday, will go to country music legend Dolly Parton, rhythm and blues balladeer William "Smokey" Robinson, musical theater innovator Andrew Lloyd Webber and classical conductor Zubin Mehta.
......Smokey Robinson's song and voice have created the soundtrack for the lives of a generation of Americans; and Steven Spielberg's films make him one of the most successful and most brilliant film directors of all time."
The honors, in their 29th year, will be formally bestowed at the State Department on Dec. 2, followed the next day by a reception at the White House and a star-studded gala and show at the center.
...Smokey Robinson, for one, thought this cultural award was a long time coming. "This is something I have always wanted to get. I am not an award person and whenever I got awards, it has always seemed so ironic to be honored for something that I love doing," he said from his home in Los Angeles. "This one is one that I have secretly wanted without telling anyone because it is so prestigious. It is so great to be honored at the White House."