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Kennedy Center to Salute McCartney

Former Beatle will be recognized for contributions to American culture

Paul McCartney will be among five people to receive this year’s
Kennedy Center Honors, which recognize artists for their lifetime
contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones and Chita Rivera, and
Metropolitan Opera artistic director James Levine will also be

The twenty-fifth annual honors will take place on December 7th
at a State Department dinner in Washington, D.C., hosted by
Secretary of State Colin Powell. On December 8th, the honorees will
be celebrated at a gala performance in the Kennedy Center’s Opera
House, to be attended by President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush,
as well as various artists. CBS will broadcast the event at a later

Announcing McCartney and Levine, Kennedy Center Chairman James
A. Johnson described the musicians as deserving of the honor, “For
the unique and extremely valuable contributions they have made to
the cultural life of our nation” and described McCartney as “one of
the most prolific and influential songwriters of our era.”

Past musical honorees include Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder,
Chuck Berry and Quincy Jones.

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