Strong with the Force, the
The other honorees are actresses Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson; conductor Seiji Ozawa; songwriter Carole King; and the rock band the Eagles. A broadcast version of the ceremony is scheduled to air on CBS on Dec. 29. President
Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said in a release Wednesday, "When I look at this year's outstanding slate of honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme -- artists as history-makers, artists who defy both convention and category."
The awards ceremony will take place just several days before the theatrical release of the latest "Star Wars" movie. "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens" is set to be released in the U.S. on Dec. 18. Lucas didn't direct or write the movie.
The filmmaker is working to create a museum, the
Tyson is scheduled to return to Broadway in the fall in a production of "The Gin Game," co-starring
Last year's honorees were