Call her a quintuple threat. Not only is Shirley MacLaine an accomplished dancer, singer and actor, but she is also an acclaimed author and activist as well.
As new household names join choice others for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, each fresh member takes his or her place in American pop culture in a largely esteemed way to own first-rate bragging rights for their collective works in life.
Billy Joel is one of five honorees at “The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors”. He might possibly say he is not worthy of this enduring recognition. But he is, very much so.
It’s no surprise that musical sensation Carlos Santana, who originally hails from south of the Mexican border, has been dubbed one of the world’s most brilliant rock guitarists of all time.
Legendary Herbie Hancock has come a long way and has achieved much along the way, most recently a Kennedy Center Honor.
Martina Arroyo is arguably the best Verdi soprano of our time. Like colleague Grace Bumbry who was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient four years ago, Martina Arroyo is the second black opera singer to be applauded in this way.
Singer-songwriter Billy Joel, musician Carlos Santana and actress Shirley MacLaine are among the entertainment stars who will receive Kennedy Center Honors this year.
Oprah Winfrey has come a long way since her childhood years in a Mississippi shack and in public housing with a poster of The Beatles on her bedroom wall. Sunday, she was honored with Paul McCartney, one of the Beatles she so loved.