Santana selected for Kennedy honor
Rock guitar hero Carlos Santana, actress Shirley MacLaine, pop hitmaker Billy Joel, jazz keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock and opera singer Martina Arroyo have been named the 2013 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors recognizing artistic achievement.
The five honorees were chosen under a revised selection process created last year to respond to criticism about transparency of the process, which had yielded only two Latino winners previously.
In an interview, Santana, 66, said he was grateful to receive an award he remembers watching others receive almost every year on television with his family.
“I guess people understand that Santana is not just a Mexican guitar player – I bring a collective-consciousness awareness agenda with me,” he said. “I grew up with the generation of Woodstock and Bob Marley, ‘One Love,’ and ‘Imagine,’ John Lennon. I am one of them, and we don’t do what we do to be commercial or to be popular or to be cute. It’s not entertainment or show business for us. For us, it’s a calling.”
The awards will be presented Dec. 7 in Washington at a State Department dinner, and on Dec. 8 the honorees will be saluted by other musicians in a gala concert to be attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Future king exits military for royal duty
Prince William, second in line to the throne and father of the world’s most celebrated newborn, is giving up active duty in the British military for a life devoted to charity and public service, the royal family announced Thursday.
The prince, 31, is completing a 7 1/2-year tour as a rescue pilot based in Wales. Leaving the armed forces will allow William to become, in effect, a full-time royal representative dedicated to shaking hands, cutting ribbons, promoting worthy causes and generally preparing for the day he will be king.
The announcement by palace officials came less than two months after William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, became parents for the first time. The birth of their son, Prince George, third in line to the throne, made front-page headlines worldwide.
The palace said in a statement that William would concentrate over the next year on the work of his charitable foundation and would expand his activities related to environmental conservation, particularly concerning endangered species.
The birthday bunch
Actress Barbara Bain is 82. Actor Richard Kiel is 74. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 72. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 69. Singer Peter Cetera is 69. Actress Jean Smart is 62. Rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 52. Radio-TV personality Tavis Smiley is 49. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 48. Singer Fiona Apple is 36. Rock singer Niall Horan (One Direction) is 20.