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Queen Latifah and Dionne Warwick Among Honorees for 46th Kennedy Center Honors

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the selection of five honorees for the 46th Kennedy Center Honors, and Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artists Queen Latifah and music legend Dionne Warwick are among the distinguished recipients to be celebrated at the annual national celebration of the arts in December.

Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement that the honorees each "explored new terrain, stretched artistic boundaries, and most importantly, committed to sharing their gifts with the world."

Queen Latifah, known as the "First Lady of Hip Hop," has played a pivotal role in shaping and innovating the art form since its early days. Her contributions as a rapper, singer, and actress have left an indelible mark on the music industry and beyond.

In response to her inclusion as an honoree, Queen Latifah expressed her gratitude, stating, "I'm humbled to be included in this incredible list of artists honored by the Kennedy Center. The work the Kennedy Center does is immeasurable, so I'm beyond grateful for this recognition."

Dionne Warwick, the soulful songstress, has captivated audiences worldwide with her signature voice and a trove of hits spanning over six decades. With more than 60 charted hit songs and over 100 million records sold, Warwick has firmly established herself as a music legend.

Reflecting on her honorary title, Warwick shared her joy, saying, "I'm exceptionally happy to be honored by the Kennedy Center. It's very exciting to be recognized for my contributions to the music industry for the past 60 years."

Joining Queen Latifah and Warwick as honorees are actor and comedian Billy Crystal, acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming, and British singer-songwriter, producer, and Bee Gees member Barry Gibb.

Crystal, renowned for his comedic talent, has provided audiences with memorable stand-up moments and hilarious Hollywood scenes for over five decades. Fleming, known as "America's soprano," has brought opera into the mainstream with her luminous voice and artistry. Gibb, along with his late brothers Robin and Maurice, set the music world ablaze in the '60s and continued to define the modern dance era with their distinctive falsetto sound and groovy style.

The 46th Kennedy Center Honors will take place in December. The star-studded celebration, held on the stage of the Kennedy Center Opera House, will feature leading performers from New York, Hollywood, and arts capitals worldwide paying homage to the honorees.

Gloria Estefan, a former Kennedy Center Honoree, will return as the host of this year's ceremony, marking her third time in this role. The awards will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+ on December 3.

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