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    1978 –
    Marian Anderson (music)
    Fred Astaire (film)
    George Balanchine (dance)
    Richard Rodgers (theatre)
    Arthur Rubinstein (music)

    1979 –
    Aaron Copland (music)
    Ella Fitzgerald (music)
    Henry Fonda (film)
    Martha Graham (dance)
    Tennessee Williams (theatre)

    1980 –
    Leonard Bernstein (theatre)
    James Cagney (film)
    Agnes de Mille (dance)
    Lynn Fontanne (theatre)
    Leontyne Price (music)

    1981 –
    Count Basie (music)
    Cary Grant (film)
    Helen Hayes (theatre)
    Jerome Robbins (dance)
    Rudolf Serkin (music)

    1982 –
    George Abbott (theatre)
    Lillian Gish (film)
    Benny Goodman (music)
    Gene Kelly (film)
    Eugene Ormandy (music)

    1983 –
    Katherine Dunham (dance)
    Elia Kazan (film/theatre)
    Frank Sinatra (music)
    James Stewart (film)
    Virgil Thomson (music)

    1984 –
    Lena Horne (music)
    Danny Kaye (film)
    Gian Carlo Menotti (music)
    Arthur Miller (theatre)
    Isaac Stern (music)

    1985 –
    Merce Cunningham (dance)
    Irene Dunne (theatre)
    Bob Hope (film)
    Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (theatre)
    Beverly Sills (music)

    1986 –
    Lucille Ball (tv)
    Ray Charles (music)
    Yehudi Menuhin (music)
    Jessica Tandy & Hume Cronyn (theatre)
    Antony Tudor (dance)

    1987 –
    Perry Como (music)
    Bette Davis (film)
    Sammy Davis, Jr. (music/film)
    Nathan Milstein (music)
    Alwin Nikolais (dance)

    1988 –
    Alvin Ailey (dance)
    George Burns (film/tv)
    Myrna Loy (film)
    Alexander Schneider (music)
    Roger L. Stevens (theatre)

    1989 –
    Harry Belafonte (music)
    Claudette Colbert (film)
    Alexandra Danilova (dance)
    Mary Martin (theatre)
    William Schuman (music)

    1990 –
    Dizzy Gillespie (music)
    Katharine Hepburn (film)
    Risë Stevens (music)
    Jule Styne (theatre)
    Billy Wilder (film)

    1991 –
    Roy Acuff (music)
    Betty Comden & Adolph Green (theatre)
    Fayard & Harold Nicholas (dance)
    Gregory Peck (film)
    Robert Shaw (music)

    1992 –
    Lionel Hampton (music)
    Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward (film)
    Ginger Rogers (film)
    Mstislav Rostropovich (music)
    Paul Taylor (dance)

    1993 –
    Johnny Carson (tv)
    Arthur Mitchell (dance)
    Georg Solti (music)
    Stephen Sondheim (theatre)
    Marion Williams (music)

    1994 –
    Kirk Douglas (film)
    Aretha Franklin (music)
    Morton Gould (music)
    Harold Prince (theatre)
    Pete Seeger (music)

    1995 –
    Jacques d’Amboise (dance)
    Marilyn Horne (music)
    B. B. King (music)
    Sidney Poitier (film)
    Neil Simon (theatre)

    1996 –
    Edward Albee (theatre)
    Benny Carter (music)
    Johnny Cash (music)
    Jack Lemmon (film)
    Maria Tallchief (dance)

    1997 –
    Lauren Bacall (film)
    Bob Dylan (music)
    Charlton Heston (film)
    Jessye Norman (music)
    Edward Villella (dance)

    1998 –
    Shirley Temple Black (film)
    Bill Cosby (tv)
    John Kander & Fred Ebb (theatre)
    Willie Nelson (music)
    André Previn (music)

    1999 –
    Victor Borge (theatre)
    Sean Connery (film)
    Judith Jamison (dance)
    Jason Robards (film/theatre)
    Stevie Wonder (music)

    2000 –
    Mikhail Baryshnikov (dance)
    Chuck Berry (music)
    Plácido Domingo (music)
    Clint Eastwood (film)
    Angela Lansbury (theatre/film/tv)

    2001 –
    Julie Andrews (theatre/film)
    Van Cliburn (music)
    Quincy Jones (music)
    Jack Nicholson (film)
    Luciano Pavarotti (music)

    2002 –
    James Earl Jones (theatre/film)
    James Levine (music)
    Chita Rivera (theatre/dance)
    Paul Simon (music)
    Elizabeth Taylor (film)

    2003 –
    James Brown (music)
    Carol Burnett (tv)
    Loretta Lynn (music)
    Mike Nichols (film/theatre)
    Itzhak Perlman (music)

    2004 –
    Warren Beatty (film)
    Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee (theatre)
    Elton John (music)
    Joan Sutherland (music)
    John Williams (music)

    2005 –
    Tony Bennett (music)
    Suzanne Ferrell (dance)
    Julie Harris (theatre)
    Robert Redford (film)
    Tina Turner (music)

    2006 –
    Zubin Mehta (music)
    Dolly Parton (music)
    Smokey Robinson (music)
    Steven Spielberg (film)
    Andrew Lloyd Webber (theatre)

    2007 –
    Leon Fleisher (music)
    Steve Martin (film)
    Diana Ross (music)
    Martin Scorsese (film)
    Brian Wilson (music)

    2008 –
    Morgan Freeman (film)
    George Jones (music)
    Barbra Streisand (music/film)
    Twyla Tharp (dance)
    Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey (music)

    2009 –
    Mel Brooks (film/theatre)
    Dave Brubeck (music)
    Grace Bumbry (music)
    Robert De Niro (film)
    Bruce Springsteen (music)

    2010 –
    Merle Haggard (music)
    Jerry Herman (theatre)
    Bill T. Jones (dance)
    Paul McCartney (music)
    Oprah Winfrey (television)

    2011 –
    Barbara Cook (theatre)
    Neil Diamond (music)
    Sonny Rollins (music)
    Meryl Streep (film)
    Yo-Yo Ma (music)

    2012 –
    Buddy Guy (music)
    Dustin Hoffman (film)
    Led Zeppelin – John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant (music)
    David Letterman (television)
    Natalia Makarova (dance)

    2013 –
    Martina Arroyo (music)
    Herbie Hancock (music)
    Billy Joel (music)
    Shirley MacLaine (film)
    Carlos Santana (music)

    2014 –
    Al Green (music)
    Tom Hanks (film)
    Patricia McBride (dance)
    Sting (music)
    Lily Tomlin (film/theatre)

    2015 –
    Carole King (music)
    George Lucas (film)
    Rita Moreno (film/theatre)
    Seiji Ozawa (music)
    Cicely Tyson (TV/theatre)

    2016 –
    Martha Agerich (music)
    The Eagles (music)
    Al Pacino (film)
    Mavis Staples (music)
    James Taylor (music)

    2017 –
    Carmen de Lavallade (dance)
    Gloria Estefan (music)
    LL Cool J (music)
    Norman Lear (TV)
    Lionel Richie (music)

    2018 –
    Cher (music/film)
    Philip Glass (music)
    Reba McEntire (music)
    Wayne Shorter (music)
    Hamilton (theatre)

    2019 –
    Earth, Wind and Fire (music)
    Sally Field (film)
    Linda Ronstadt (music)
    Michael Tilson Thomas (music)
    Sesame Street (TV)

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    Here is a list of possibilities I have assembled (all over age 50) to be considered this year and beyond. The committee generally chooses people beyond age 60 but sometimes will select a person slightly younger. Please feel free to add other names to the conversation or choose from this list.

     

    SINGERS/MUSICIANS:

    ABBA

    Aerosmith

    Herb Albert/Jerry Moss

    Burt Bacharach

    Joan Baez

    Jeff Beck

    Bon Jovi

    Garth Brooks

    Brooks and Dunn

    Jackson Browne

    David Byrne

    Shirley Caesar

    Chicago

    Eric Clapton

    Judy Collins

    Phil Collins

    Chick Corea

    Elvis Costello

    Crosby, Stills and Nash

    John Fogerty

    Peter Gabriel

    Barry Gibb

    Vince Gill

    Berry Gordy

    Daryl Hall/John Oates

    Emmylou Harris

    Julio Iglesias

    Janet Jackson

    Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)

    Booker T. Jones

    Tom Jones

    Gladys Knight

    Kris Kristofferson

    Patti LaBelle

    Queen Latifah

    Brenda Lee

    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Little Richard

    Darlene Love

    Madonna

    Barbara Mandrell

    Barry Manilow

    Johnny Mathis

    Bill Medley

    John Mellencamp

    Pat Metheny

    Bette Midler

    Joni Mitchell

    Sam Moore

    Ennio Morricone

    Van Morrison

    Randy Newman

    Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)

    Pink Floyd

    Charley Pride

    Queen

    Bonnie Raitt

    R.E.M.

    Robbie Robertson

    Run DMC

    Arturo Sandoval

    Bob Seger

    Ronnie Spector

    Ringo Starr

    Cat Stevens

    Rod Stewart

    Sly Stone

    George Strait

    U2 (Bono)

    Frankie Valli

    Tom Waits

    Dionne Warwick

    Steve Winwood

    Bill Withers

    Neil Young

    ZZ Top

     

    FILM PERFORMERS:

    Alan Arkin

    Annette Bening

    Ruben Blades

    Jeff Bridges

    Sandra Bullock

    Ellen Burstyn

    Michael Caine

    John Cleese

    George Clooney

    Glenn Close

    Kevin Costner

    Tom Cruise

    Billy Crystal

    Geena Davis

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Judi Dench

    Catherine Deneuve

    Olivia de Havilland

    Johnny Depp

    Michael Douglas

    Richard Dreyfuss

    Faye Dunaway

    Robert Duvall

    Jane Fonda

    Harrison Ford

    Jodie Foster

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Gene Hackman

    Goldie Hawn

    Anthony Hopkins

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Tommy Lee Jones

    Diane Keaton

    Ben Kingsley

    Kevin Kline

    Jessica Lange

    Sophia Loren

    Frances McDormand

    Helen Mirren

    Julianne Moore

    Eddie Murphy

    Bill Murray

    Edward James Olmos

    Sean Penn

    Michelle Pfeiffer

    Brad Pitt

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Julia Roberts

    Susan Sarandon

    Sissy Spacek

    Maggie Smith

    Emma Thompson

    John Travolta

    Jon Voight

    Christopher Walken

    Denzel Washington

    Sigourney Weaver

     

    FILM DIRECTORS:

    Woody Allen

    James L. Brooks

    James Cameron

    Ethan and Joel Coen

    Francis Ford Coppola

    Ron Howard

    Norman Jewison

    Spike Lee

    Barry Levinson

    Oliver Stone

     

    TELEVISION PERFORMERS:

    Alan Alda

    Edward Asner

    Candice Bergen

    Tyne Daly

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Michael J. Fox

    Kelsey Grammer

    Cloris Leachman

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Bob Newhart

    Regis Philbin

    Carl Reiner

    Jerry Seinfeld

    William Shatner

    Dick Van Dyke

    Betty White

     

    THEATRICAL & FINE ARTS:

    Jane Alexander

    Daniel Barenboim

    Kathleen Battle

    Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman

    Matthew Broderick

    Stockard Channing

    Lucinda Childs

    Harvey Fierstein

    Renee Fleming

    William Forsythe

    Cynthia Gregory

    Joel Grey

    John Guare

    Rosemary Harris

    Hal Holbrook

    Flaco Jimenez

    Shirley Jones

    Garrison Keillor

    Allegra Kent

    Gelsey Kirkland

    Tony Kushner

    Nathan Lane

    Frank Langella

    John Lithgow

    Patti LuPone

    David Mamet

    Ann-Margret

    Wynton Marsalis

    Peter Martins

    Ian McKellen

    Terrence McNally

    Alan Menken

    Liza Minnelli

    Brian Stokes Mitchell

    Meredith Monk

    Mark Morris

    Robert Morse

    Mandy Patinkin

    Bernadette Peters

    Christopher Plummer

    Samuel Ramey

    Ann Reinking

    Tim Rice

    Stephen Schwartz

    Renata Scotto

    Leonard Slatkin

    Tom Stoppard

    Susan Stroman

    Charles Strouse

    Helgi Tomasson

    Tommy Tune

    Kathleen Turner

    Luis Valdez

    Ben Vereen

    Frederica Von Stade

    Andre Watts

    Jimmy Webb

    George C. Wolfe

    Maury Yeston

    Pinchas Zukerman

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    If I have to narrow it down to 5 people, I guess:

    1.Renee Fleming

    2.Olivia de Havilland

    3.Spike Lee

    4.Rolling Stones

    5.Betty White

     

    But (for my own understanding), is it a rule that you have to be alive to receive a Kennedy Center Honor, or do they just usually give it to living artists? Because if that rule is in place, then I feel they should add a sixth slot each year for an artist that has passed away.

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    Someone needs to crash the meeting where they discuss the potential honorees and demand that Betty White be included as an honoree

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    Living artists who must commit to attend.

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    Glenn Close

    If the Academy continues to play games with her having hardware from them this at least frames her as the legend she is.

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    Ennio Morricone would be a nice choice.

    i guess we will never see Madonna getting it.

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    Gene Hackman and Francis Ford Coppola.

    But maybe they won’t attend.

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    Do you think the KCH will go on this year, given the quarantine? Also I would like it if they had more than one honoree each year from the fine arts.

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    I think they can still select a class but hold off on the actual ceremony. It could give them more time to plan a tribute hopefully in early 2021.

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    I’ve revised my picks for this year’s class:

    Renee Fleming
    Berry Gordy
    Cynthia Gregory
    Arturo Sandoval
    Dick Van Dyke

    I think this covers the six listed categories: Opera, Ballet, Music, Movies, Theatre and Television.

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    We need Betty White and Cloris Leachman over the next couple of years

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    Good choices. Question your listing covers the various performing arts in general to spread it all out? Asking since they rarely cover all the disciplines, especially lately with so many popular music choices (or any type of music outside classical) every year. Also I think those making suggestions or final decisions rarely separate film & television too much since artists who work in those mediums as well as theater skip around all over them.

    I’ve revised my picks for this year’s class:

    Renee Fleming

    Berry Gordy

    Cynthia Gregory

    Arturo Sandoval

    Dick Van Dyke

    I think this covers the six listed categories: Opera, Ballet, Music, Movies, Theatre and Television.

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    Well my original list was:

    Burt Bacharach
    Joan Baez
    Renee Fleming
    Berry Gordy
    Dick Van Dyke

    I decided that although the KCH only has one honoree from the fine arts each year, why not two, as they had before?

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