The actors will be joined by musicians Sting and Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride at the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will be presented December 7 in Washington DC. CBS will air the event December 30; the network has broadcast the special each year since its debut 37 years ago.
Recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts and are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees.
“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”
Hanks and Tomlin both started out in comedy before branching out into acting. Hanks has been nominated for five Best Actor Oscars and and won twice. The actor-producer has lined up an April production start on Sony’s Inferno, his third turn as Robert Langdon in the latest adaptation of the Dan Brown series. Tomlin is now starring opposite Jane Fonda in the upcoming Netflix original series Grace And Frankie. She also is an Actors Branch governor at the TV Academy..
In the last six years, the Kennedy Center broadcast has won five Emmys for Outstanding Television Special.