The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
will be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 27, on CBS. Singer Tony Bennett
; dancer and teacher Suzanne Farrell; actress Julie Harris
; actor, director and producer Robert Redford
; and singer Tina Turner
will receive honors for the year 2005. Caroline Kennedy hosts for the third consecutive year.
The Honors recipients are selected each year by the Board of Trustees of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement. The selection process, over the years, has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.
The 2005 Honorees will be saluted by stars from the world of the performing arts at a gala performance in the Kennedy Center's Opera House, which will be attended by the President of the United States
and Mrs. Bush
and by artists from around the world.
The President and the First Lady will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee, who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala performance. The 2005 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a supper dance in the Grand Foyer. The Kennedy Center Honors will be bestowed the night before the gala on Saturday, Dec. 3, at a State Department dinner, hosted by the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.