This year’s Kennedy Center Honorees are iconic and familiar names in music.
Hancock and Santana will join opera singer Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine as notable entertainers who will be honored.
This year, the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony, which highlights artists for their lifetime achievements, contributions and triumphs in art and entertainment, will take place December 8th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; the broadcast of this year’s honors will take place Sunday, December 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
On Hancock’s official website, he spoke of the honor and the joy he has for it: “This is a most coveted award, as noted on the website. “To realize that my name will be among those whose outstanding work in the performing arts I most admire is very humbling. I only hope that my being selected will be an encouragement to young people in, not only the genre of jazz, but in all the arts who strive for excellence in order to better serve the uplifting of the human spirit.” Hancock is known as not only a jazz visionary but a music visionary.
Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11″, as stated on HerbieHancock.com. “He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He also developed a passion for electronics and science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.”
His 2007 tribute album “River: The Joni Letters” won the 2008 GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year and became only the second jazz album ever to win the award after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.
Carlos Santana is known for his signature fusion of rock and Latin American music. A Mexican-born American musician who became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s has won 10 GRAMMY Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. He’s known for such hits as a “spicy” version of “Oye Coma Va” as well as “Soul Sacrifice” and earlier hits such as “Song For My Brother” and “Golden Hours”.
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