“Piano Man” Billy Joel called it “a little overwhelming” to be among this year’s class of
Although he’s collected six
He received a toast from Garth Brooks, who has long acknowledged Joel as a key influence on his music. "Music has a wonderful gift," Brooks said. "For those that do it right, they can put you in shoes that you would never understand if it wasn't for that song."
Carlos Santana was saluted by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said of the Mexico-born guitarist and bandleader, "We love the music you made, not because it's Latin, but frankly because it is so very American."
Herbie Hancock was given a surprise introduction by political pundit Bill O'Reilly, who gave way to an all-star band that included Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea, which expanded to include Joshua Redman and
The Kennedy Center Honors are the nation’s highest award to those who have influenced American culture through the arts. Sunday’s awards presentation was preceded by a gala dinner on Saturday night attended by President
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