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    Betty White and Cloris Leachman

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    Anton Spivack
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    Betty White might get it, I don’t think Cloris Leachman will.

    I already have my picks for the next three years:

    2019:
    Burt Bacharach
    Joan Baez
    Dick Van Dyke
    Renee Fleming
    Berry Gordy, Jr.

    2020:
    Bette Midler
    Arturo Sandoval
    Spike Lee
    Cynthia Gregory
    Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

    2021:
    Joni Mitchell
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Tommy Tune
    Michael Tilson Thomas
    Johnny Mathis

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    Anton Spivack
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    As much as we would have liked to see Doris Day honored by the Kennedy Center, sadly it’s too late now.  I found this review of the 1998 Honors:

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-1998-12-30-9812290312-story.html

    All the names listed would eventually receive the Honor except Berle, Day (both of whom never got it in their lifetime) and Tilson Thomas, who could very well receive it someday.

    Considering Bill Cosby had his Honor rescinded, I don’t think Woody Allen will get in.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    As much as we would have liked to see Doris Day honored by the Kennedy Center, sadly it’s too late now. I found this review of the 1998 Honors:

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-1998-12-30-9812290312-story.html

    All the names listed would eventually receive the Honor except Berle, Day (both of whom never got it in their lifetime) and Tilson Thomas, who could very well receive it someday.

    Considering Bill Cosby had his Honor rescinded, I don’t think Woody Allen will get in.

    I don’t know if the KCH honor dead people after the fact.

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    Anton Spivack
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    They don’t.  Being alive and able to attend in person is a requirement.  The only time they honored someone who had already passed was Glenn Frey in 2016, because The Eagles were supposed to be honored the year before but they postponed since Frey was ill.  Sadly he did not recover, so they attended the next year’s Honors without him.  His widow received what would have been his medal, but she didn’t wear it at the ceremony.

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    Anton Spivack
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    I’ve come up with fifteen more worthy recipients here.

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    Mickmack
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    I’ve come up with fifteen more worthy recipients here.

    Why would you have Jodie Foster and not Glenn Close?

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    Anton Spivack
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    Why would you have Jodie Foster and not Glenn Close?

    I hadn’t thought to include Glenn Close.  But Jodie, aside from being an accomplished actor, has made her mark as a director as well.

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    Emmyfan
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    Betty White please

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    DS0816
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    Except for album, c. 2010, I got the sense years from ago that Doris Day wanted to be gone from entertainment. That it played out for her. I think she would have said no to The Kennedy Center Honors. (I wouldn’t be surprised if it was offered—and that she did say no.)

    I have wanted Joni Mitchell honored for a number of years. I don’t know what happened there. She had a stroke. Would she be up for it? Would it be offered?

    Last year The Kennedy Center Honors included a tribute to Hamilton. When I learned that was planned, I chose to avoid the ceremony.

    It is pretty tough to still care about The Kennedy Center Honors. Perhaps 2019 will be different—and for the better.

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    DS0816
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    One more thing: What about Chaka Khan? She is 66. She is a legend. She has a powerful and luminous voice. Incredible range. Been active nearly 50 years. Has she been forgotten? Or did the Kennedy Center Honors turn into being too much what had been the case with the Golden Globes. (Meaning, as film critic Peter Travers described, “star f***ing.”)

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    Anton Spivack
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    I understand you have strong feelings about certain performers you think should receive the honor.  However, there are many deserving performers and only five slots each year, so not everybody will or should get in.  Chaka Khan has had a long career of course, still that alone is not enough.

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    Chris Beachum
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    Here’s our photo gallery of the Top 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected:

    https://www.goldderby.com/article/2019/kennedy-center-honors-top-50-greatest-entertainers-who-still-need-to-be-selected/

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    Sorry, I have no profound knowledge in the world of Opera and the Classical Music and other underrated arts. But here are my picks who I think should be honored.

    1. Gladys Knight (and the Pips?)
    2. Francis Ford Coppola
    3. John Prine
    4. Glenn Close
    5. someone from the opera or classical music field

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    Anton Spivack
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    That updated list of 50 has nobody from opera, and left out names such as Spike Lee, Mark Morris and Jodie Foster.

    I don’t think John Prine would get in, he’s not a big enough name.

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