THERE ARE NOT MANY WHO REMEMBER, THEY SAY A HANDFUL STILL SURVIVE TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT THE WAY THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, AND KEEP THE MEMORY ALIVE: The 2013 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the field of excellence
will go to Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine, Herbie Hancock, and operatic soprano Martina Arroyo. Said MacLaine, “The other [awards I've received] are for a part you did or for how you interpreted a character, but this is about how you’ve interpreted yourself.”
Of note, in response
to justifiable outrage
, the honoring of Santana and Arroyo doubles the number of Latino artists who have been recognized since the Honors began in 1978. Also, for what it's worth, it's hard to remember when last they had only one acting/tv/stage person recognized.