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Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The Honors have been presented annually since 1978 in Washington, D.C., during gala weekend-long events which culminate in a performance honoring the Honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The Honors were created by George Stevens, Jr. and the late Nick Vanoff.


  • 1978 - Marian Anderson, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rodgers, and Arthur Rubinstein
  • 1979 - Aaron Copland, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Martha Graham, and Tennessee Williams
  • 1980 - Leonard Bernstein, James Cagney, Agnes de Mille, Lynn Fontanne, and Leontyne Price
  • 1981 - Count Basie, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, Jerome Robbins, and Rudolf Serkin
  • 1982 - George Abbott, Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, Gene Kelly, and Eugene Ormandy
  • 1983 - Katherine Dunham, Elia Kazan, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, and Virgil Thomson
  • 1984 - Lena Horne, Danny Kaye, Gian Carlo Menotti, Arthur Miller, and Isaac Stern
  • 1985 - Merce Cunningham, Irene Dunne, Bob Hope, Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe, and Beverly Sills
  • 1986 - Lucille Ball, Ray Charles, Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy, Yehudi Menuhin, and Antony Tudor
  • 1987 - Perry Como, Bette Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nathan Milstein, and Alwin Nikolais
  • 1988 - Alvin Ailey, George Burns, Myrna Loy, Alexander Schneider, and Roger L. Stevens
  • 1989 - Harry Belafonte, Claudette Colbert, Alexandra Danilova, Mary Martin, and William Schuman
  • 1990 - Dizzy Gillespie, Katharine Hepburn, Rise Stevens, Jule Styne, and Billy Wilder
  • 1991 - Roy Acuff, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Fayard & Harold Nicholas, Gregory Peck, and Robert Shaw
  • 1992 - Lionel Hampton, Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, Ginger Rogers, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Taylor
  • 1993 - Johnny Carson, Arthur Mitchell, Georg Solti, Stephen Sondheim, and Marion Williams
  • 1994 - Kirk Douglas, Aretha Franklin, Morton Gould, Harold Prince, and Pete Seeger
  • 1995 - Jacques d'Amboise, Marilyn Horne, B.B. King, Sidney Poitier, and Neil Simon
  • 1996 - Edward Albee, Benny Carter, Johnny Cash, Jack Lemmon, and Maria Tallchief
  • 1997 - Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Charlton Heston, Jessye Norman, and Edward Villella
  • 1998 - Bill Cosby, Fred Ebb & John Kander, Willie Nelson, Andre Previn, and Shirley Temple Black
  • 1999 - Victor Borge, Sean Connery, Judith Jamison, Jason Robards, and Stevie Wonder
  • 2000 - Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chuck Berry, Placido Domingo, Clint Eastwood, and Angela Lansbury
  • 2001 - Julie Andrews, Van Cliburn, Quincy Jones, Jack Nicholson, and Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2002 - James Earl Jones, James Levine, Chita Rivera, Paul Simon, and Elizabeth Taylor
  • 2003 - James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn, Mike Nichols, and Itzhak Perlman
  • 2004 - Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Elton John, Joan Sutherland, and John Williams
  • 2005 - Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford and Tina Turner
  • 2006 - Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Steven Spielberg, and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • 2007 - Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, and Brian Wilson
  • 2008 - Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, and Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey
  • 2009 - rooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen
  • 2010 - Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey
  • 2011 - Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep
  • 2012 - Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant), David Letterman and Natalia Makarova

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