WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin have been selected to receive the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are scheduled to attend a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House Dec. 7. The program will air on CBS Dec. 30.
"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," David M. Rubenstein, chairman of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, said in a statement Thursday.
"Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own. Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation. One of the world's greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations. Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades. And from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit."