Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones and Paul McCartney will be celebrated at the John F. Kennedy Center

Among the honorees list are: Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney.

According to Chairman David M. Rubenstein, “for more than 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has established one of the most innovative careers in the entertainment world, with distinctive accomplishments in television and film”.

About the other honorees, he added: “The honesty of Merle Haggard’s music and poetic lyrics has helped to shape the world of country music for nearly five decades,” and “Jerry Herman’s musicals rank him in the pantheon of Broadway’s Golden Age and will keep audiences humming along for generations to come”.

About Bill Jones, he said that has had “an invaluable impact on the varied landscapes of dance and theater.”

Besides, “Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most influential and successful songwriters and musicians of all time, whose work has continuously altered both the creation and perception of music all over the world.”

As previously mentioned, the ceremony will take place on December 5 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

This year, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be the ones who will receive the honorees before the gala.

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