They are among this year’s recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, one of America’s most prestigious accolades for the arts
ast year, Sting and Al Green were among those named in the USA’s annual Kennedy Center Honors list; this year, it’s the turn of west coast veterans the Eagles and songwriting legend Carole King. They will be presented with their medals by Secretary of State John Kerry at a State Department dinner on 5 December, and will then attend a gala concert in their honour at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts the following evening.
This year’s other Kennedy Center Honors recipients are actors Tom Hanks, Rita Morno and Cicely Tyson, classical conductor Seiji Ozawa and Star Wars director George Lucas. Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to attend the gala concert, which will be broadcast on US TV on 29 December.
In a joint statement, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmidt said: “The members of the Eagles hail from different regions of this great nation, and we feel very fortunate that our music has been embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world. Popular music is one of America’s greatest exports – a bridge that spans geographical and cultural boundaries. We are truly humbled to have been able to be a part of this global connection.”
Carole King tweeted, earlier today, “I’m so honoured. What amazing company to be in!”