WASHINGTON – The good times never seemed so good for Neil Diamond.
Known for his songs that have become anthems at ballparks and bars, Diamond was chosen Wednesday to receive the Kennedy Center Honors this year along with some of the biggest names from Broadway, jazz, classical music and Hollywood.
Diamond will be honored with Broadway singer Barbara Cook, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep for their contributions to American culture through the arts. President Barack Obama will salute the artists and others will perform in their honor at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 4. CBS will broadcast the show Dec. 27.
Diamond said he was “flying way above sea level” when he heard about the honor.
“I’ve watched, and I’ve seen, and I’ve even dreamed that someday that would happen to me,” he told the Associated Press. “But I never really believed that it would.”
The 70-year-old Diamond also tweeted Wednesday that he was engaged to a woman named Katie – but wouldn’t tell AP who she was so that she wouldn’t “change her mind.”