Garth Brooks, Joan Baez Among Recipients Of Kennedy Center Honors

Garth Brooks and Joan Baez are among the artists selected to receive the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors, the organization announced on Wednesday, January 13.

Other recipients to be honored at the 43rd annual national celebration of the arts include choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, violinist Midori and actor Dick Van Dyke.

The 2020 Kennedy Center Honors, which traditionally is held in early December each year, was postponed until May 2021 due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Honoree medallion ceremony for the Honorees and a limited audience will be hosted by the Kennedy Center between May 17 and 22.

“The Kennedy Center Honors serves as a moment to celebrate the remarkable artists who have spent their lives elevating the cultural history of our nation and world,” Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein said in a statement.

“Folk icon Joan Baez breathed new life into the genre and powered rock music’s turn toward social and political consciousness,” he said of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was inducted in 2017.

“As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Garth Brooks heightened country music’s profile like no other singer before him; with an international presence for over 35 years, violinist Midori combines graceful precision and expression for performances building connections between art and the human experience,” Rubenstein added of the recipients.

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