Kennedy Center Honors: 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected

The Kennedy Center Honors selections for 2021 were Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell. The KCH committee will be announcing the 2022 honorees sometime in the summer in advance of a December ceremony. Tour our photo gallery to see who are our choices for the top 50 entertainers who need to be chosen soon.

In other recent years, we offered a similar special photo gallery and have been very happy to see several of our suggestions be honored. Those have included country music superstar Reba McEntire plus pop star and Oscar-winning actress Cher in 2018 and two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field and orchestral conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in 2019. We had also recommended 2020 honorees Joan Baez, Garth Brooks and Dick Van Dyke (celebrated in May 2021 instead of December 2020) in our previous annual galleries. Of the 2021 selections, Gordy and Midler had been championed here.

And now we provide our latest list of Kennedy Center Honors top 50 recommendations for 2022. Of course, only five of them can be chosen but certainly all are worthy. Enjoy our gallery ranked from #1 to #50, including such overdue people as Denzel Washington, Jessica Lange, Gladys Knight, Mick Jagger, Harrison Ford, Liza Minnelli, Tommy Tune and many more. Each year the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The committee does not provide for posthumous selections.