December 30, 2009
2009 Kennedy Center Honors
This year, the Kennedy Center Honors went to Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, and Robert DeNiro.
What are the Kennedy Center Honors? Well, in a nutshell, the awards come from the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and go out to the most decorated artists and performers of a given year. This year, it seemed that great filmmakers and musicians were honored. Mel Brooks and Robert DeNiro are two of the most famous names in the movie industry—even though Mel Brooks hasn’t made a film in quite some time. DeNiro, too, is an accomplished actor who has been famous (and has remained relevant), for over three decades.
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen, opera singer Grace Bumbry, and jazz musician Dave Brubeck were also honored by the Kennedy Center this year. All three musicians have been incredibly influential for many, many years. I mean, it says a lot that Bruce Springsteen was the youngest honoree this year…
Incredibly famous people (other highly-honored musicians and actors) introduced the honorees, including Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Martin Scorsese, Edward Norton, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, and many others. They all took the time to come out and say a few words about their friends and colleagues who were given the award of lifetime achievement by the Kennedy Center.
I think they were decent choices, don’t you?
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