The 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors recipients have been announced. Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, artist, choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, and violinist Midori are the winners for 2020. Usually held in December, last year’s ceremony has been postponed to May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Kennedy Center Honors serves as a time to celebrate remarkable artists who have spent their lives upping the cultural history of our nation and the world,” Kennedy Center President David M. Rubenstein said in a press release . “Folk icon Joan Baez breathed new life into the genre and propelled rock music’s shift towards social and political awareness,” he added of the singer, songwriter and Rock Hall alumnus.
The Kennedy Center will host small in-person events on its campus, each with a physically remote audience. The events will include performances and tributes for the winners. A series of virtual events will also begin on May 17, while a medallion ceremony for recipients and a limited audience will be hosted by the Kennedy Center during the week of May 17-22.
Read about Joan Baez in “Rock Hall Voter Breaks Down Most Epic Nominating Class in Decades” from the field.