Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

Variety | 4/24/1980 | Variety Staff
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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, “Sesame Street,” conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire have been selected as the 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees.

The kudos will be handed out Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. The award to “Sesame Street” marks the first time the prestigious laurel has been bestowed on a TV series. The highlights of the ceremony will air Dec. 15 on CBS as it has for the past 42 years.

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“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness,” stated Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein. “Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages and continents; ‘Sesame Street’ continues to revolutionize how children and adults learn about our world; and Michael Tilson Thomas goes far beyond keeping score – he has shaped American music and musical institutions for the 21st century.”

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Here are the Kennedy Center bios of this year’s honorees:

Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) are a music institution. Over their five-decade history, they’ve sold out concerts all around the globe, scored eight #1 hits and sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. The group has won an impressive nine GRAMMY® Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement (2012). In 2000 Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, cementing their lasting impact on popular music. In recognition of their record-breaking success, Earth, Wind & Fire were awarded...
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