The 2019 Kennedy Center Honors recipients were announced on Thursday. The 42nd annual class is Earth, Wind and Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, “Sesame Street” and Michael Tilson Thomas. The event will be filmed on December 8 and will be broadcast December 15 on CBS.
Earth, Wind and Fire has been performing for five decades and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson will represent the group at the ceremony.
Field is a two-time Oscar winning actress for “Norma Rae” and “Places in the Heart.” She was also nominated for “Lincoln.” She is an Emmy winner and Tony Awards nominee plus more awards.
Ronstadt is one of the top vocalists of the past five decades and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has sold over 50 millions albums, had 31 gold and platinum records and has won 10 Grammy Awards.
“Sesame Street” debuted 50 years ago in 1969 on PBS and became the most influential children’s program of all time. Co-founders Joan Ganz Cooney and Dr. Lloyd Morrisett will accept the award on behalf of the show.
Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and co-founder of the New World Symphony. He is an 11-time Grammy Award winner.
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