Actor Sidney Poitier, playwright Neil Simon, blues legend B.B. King, singer Marilyn Horne and dancer Jacques d’Amboise have been chosen to receive the 18th annual Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to performing arts.
“It’s a wonderful group,” said outgoing center chairman and World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn. “They are reflective of the best that there is in the American arts today. They understand the mission of the arts in this country-and the need to expand the audience base for the arts. And that’s something we’re very keen on at the center.”
The Honors, scheduled for Dec. 3 as part of the center’s 25th anniversary season, bestow no money. But the recipients are saluted during a weekend that includes a reception at the White House, a gala performance that is taped for television and a full slate of lunches, teas and dinners.