News / Arts & Entertainment

Five Artists Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, from left; Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and Herbie Hancock, laugh during a reception honoring the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, from left; Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and Herbie Hancock, laugh during a reception honoring the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
VOA News
An actress, an opera singer, two musicians, and one singer/musician have received the 36th annual Kennedy Centers Honors for lifetime achievement.

Shirley MacLaine, Martina Arroyo, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, and Billy Joel were honored Sunday at the event. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama attended the celebration along with a slew of politicians and Hollywood glitterati.

The show will be broadcast on CBS on December 29.

Shirley MacLaine, whose stage and screen career spans six decades, has won an Oscar, an Emmy, and four Golden Globes.

Martina Arroyo discovered opera as a teenager growing up in Harlem and has performed in opera houses around the world.

Carlos Santana, a Mexican immigrant, has been playing the guitar since the 1960s and is known for his epic performance at Woodstock in 1969. In 2000, his album Supernatural won nine Grammys, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

  • Kennedy Center Honoree Carlos Santana and his wife Cindy Blackman arrive for the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, Dec. 8, 2013.
  • Herbie Hancock spots someone in the audience below at the start of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Dec. 8, 2013.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama applaud the national anthem as they arrive in their box for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Dec. 8, 2013.
  • Kennedy Center Honoree Billy Joel and girlfriend Alexis Roderick arrive for the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, Dec. 8, 2013.
  • Carlos Santana and fellow 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Shirley MacLaine react to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama during a reception at the White House, Dec. 8, 2013.
  • Opera singer Martina Arroyo is escorted as she arrives with fellow 2013 Kennedy Center honorees for a reception at the White House, Dec. 8, 2013.

Jazz musician Herbie Hancock, the winner of an Oscar and 14 Grammys, played a Mozart piano concert with the Chicago Symphony when he was 11. He is known for his funk and jazz fusion compositions.

Billy Joel is the piano man who has been serenading the public since the 1970s. A 6-time Grammy winner, Joel is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

The Hamilton Live

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller has made a name for herself appearing with such high-profile artists as Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Tia and her quartet performed music from her CD “Angelic Warrior” on our latest edition of "The Hamilton Live."