The Kennedy Center announced the selection of the six Honorees who will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients will be honored at the 38th annual national celebration of the arts and include The Eagles and Carole King. Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein says:

"our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories."

Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter says:

"When I look at this year's outstanding slate of Honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme-artists as history-makers, artists who defy both convention and category."

The full list of honorees include the Eagles, singer Carole King, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, theater legend Rita Moreno, Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress Cicely Tyson.

What are the Kennedy Center Honors? According to Wikipedia:

it's an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The Honors have been presented annually since 1978 in Washington, DC., during gala weekend-long events that culminate in a performance honoring the Honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The 2015 Honorees will be saluted by today's leading performers and will be seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes. The ceremony will be held Dec. 6 at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

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