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The five honorees were chosen under revised selection process created last year to respond to criticism about transparency of the process, which had yielded only two Latino winners previously.
"I was overwhelmed with emotion and, frankly, speechless when I was told that I was selected," Hancock said in a note posted to his Facebook page Thursday morning. "This is a most coveted award. To realize that my name will be among those whose outstanding work in the performing arts I most admire is very humbling. I only hope that my being selected will be an encouragement to young people in not only the genre of jazz but in all the arts who strive for excellence in order to better serve the uplifting of the human spirit."
Singer-pianist-songwriter Joel said in a statement that he was honored to find his name among an "illustrious roster of outstanding musicians."
The awards will be presented Dec. 7 in Washington at a
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