December 7, 2008
Since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have recognized outstanding contributions to the cultural arts. Presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, each year’s honorees attend a ceremony at the White House, and then a performance at the center honoring their work. The president and first lady attend the performance.
This year, George Jones is among the five honorees. He joins the elite list of country artists who have received the honor:
- George Jones (2008)
- Dolly Parton (2006)
- Loretta Lynn (2003)
- Willie Nelson (1998)
- Johnny Cash (1996)
- Roy Acuff (1991)
Given the criteria of the award, it’s no surprise that the above names have been honored. The primary criteria is excellence, presumably over a long period of time. Among those making recommendations this year for who should be honored were country music artists Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and Reba McEntire.
Tonight’s question is fairly obvious. Take a moment to think about the country legends who are still among us.
Which country artist should receive the Kennedy Center Honor next, and why?
(Not to be prejudicial to your choices, but my pick rhymes with laggard.)