Saturday, April 20, 2024

Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine Get Kennedy Center Honors


FOUR — yes, four— musicians are getting Kennedy Center Honors. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock will receive the awards. Also on the list are Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine and opera great Martina Arroyo. It’s a very unusual list in that there are three people from the world of pop music and one from opera. Missing still are Hollywood greats like Jerry Lewis, Doris Day, and a number of veterans. No film director, like Woody Allen, is included. Also, there was a lot of pressure to include stars from the Latino community. Santana and Arroyo are certainly overdue. The Kennedy Center Honors tapes two weeks later than usual this year, on December 7th-8th, and airs on December 29th, a night when absolutely no one will be home.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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