Al Green

  • Soul singer Al Green is among the five artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors, national awards that acknowledge people who have made significant contributions to the American arts and culture. Photo by Flickr user kata rokkar
    September 4, 2014   BY Brett Zongker, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — It’s a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.

    Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts, the center announced Thursday.

    Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride will also receive the honor. They will be saluted by top entertainers in a performance Dec. 7 and a reception at the White House. The show will be broadcast Dec. 30 on CBS. Continue reading