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Kennedy Center Honors Billy Crystal and Queen Latifah

Kennedy Center Honors Billy Crystal and Queen Latifah

Hollywood actor Billy Crystal (75), American opera singer Renee Fleming (64) and rapper Queen Latifah (53) were honored this year by the famous Kennedy Center in Washington. Singer Dionne Warwick (82) and Briton Barry Gibb (76), former singer of the Bee Gees, are among the honorees, the cultural center announced on Thursday (local time).

The Kennedy Center’s 46 Artists’ Lifetime Achievement Awards are scheduled to be presented at a ceremony in early December. Comedian Crystal (“Harry and Sally,” “City Slickers”) said he was “amazed” to be part of such an “amazing” group of entertainers. At the age of five, he made his family laugh with performances.

Barry Gibb, the last survivor of the three Bee Gees, responded enthusiastically. He never believed that this dream could come true. Warwick (“I Say a Little Prayer”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”) said she was thrilled to be recognized for her musical services over the past 60 years.

Named after former President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center is the largest cultural facility in the US capital. Previous honorees include Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Robert De Niro, George Lucas, Tom Hanks and Sting. Last year, Hollywood star George Clooney, rock band U2, and soul singer Gladys Knight were among the honorees.

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