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Carlos Santana to Receive 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Carlos Santana to Receive 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors -

Carlos Santana is just one of five ‘extraordinary artists’ set to be honoured at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Santana, along with Martina Arroyo,  Herbie Hancock,  Billy Joel and actress Shirley MacLaine, are the five selected for this years Honors roll which will take place December 8, 2013.

"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

"Martina Arroyo has dazzled the world with her glorious soprano voice and continues to share her artistry with a new generation of opera singers; Herbie Hancock has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians in the world, constantly breaking musical barriers and redefining the art of jazz; Billy Joel's melodies have provided the soundtrack of our lives for over four decades making him one pop music's most prolific and memorable singers and songwriters; the remarkable breadth and range of Shirley MacLaine's acting has left an indelible impression over a nearly 60-year career on stage and screen; from his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana's artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions."

President Barack Obama will receive the Honorees and members of the Artists Committee who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees at the White House prior to the gala performance.

The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Saturday, December 7, the night before the gala.

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the US Network CBS for the 36th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

For more head to Kennedy-Center

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