Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Kennedy Center Honors Starts Looking for 2019 Inductees, Queries Past Winners, Artists’ Committee: Doris Day? Dick van Dyke? Berry Gordy?


It’s that time of the year again.

The Kennedy Center Honors has sent out questionnaires to past winners, the artists’ committee, other friends asking who they think should be honored this year.

The Ken Cen got into a lot of hot water this past year for giving a pre-emptive award to the “Hamilton” creators. Usually, you have to wait for the award. There are plenty of creative people who’ve been on lists for years and snubbed because of inside politics.

Maybe the worst and most egregious pass-overs have been Dick van Dyke and Doris Day. They’re each in their 90s and can’t wait much longer. Doris won’t come to the ceremony, she stays in Carmel, California. But it would be easy enough to set up a live video feed from there. Imagine all the great singers who could sing her songs. van Dyke would come. It’s criminal that he hasn’t been invited. Soul Man Sam Moore, of Sam & Dave fame, is the last among the great R&B stars who isn’t in.

Last year, the Ken Cen broke a tradition and honored Norman Lear. The old rule was you had to be an entertainer. But it does seem like Berry Gordy, founder of Motown, should be inducted. He created a whole genre of music. Impresarios aren’t easy to come by.

There are several actors who aren’t in the Ken Cen. Jane Fonda is a definite. So is Denzel Washington. Woody Allen– but that would take courage. His cinema legacy is worldwide. The Ken Cen also needs to acknowledge classical music, opera, and jazz.

Who do you think should get a Kennedy Center honor this year?


Roger Friedman
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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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