Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin Tapped for Kennedy Center Honors

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Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride also will be feted at the Dec. 7 event.

Tom Hanks, Sting, Al Green, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride are set to be recognized at the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

The star-studded event, taking place on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, will feature performances and appearances by big names from Hollywood and the arts. The honorees, who will be seated with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, are being recognized for "their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts," and they are chosen by the Center’s Board of Trustees.

“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. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”

The event, which takes place Dec. 7, airs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 30 on CBS. 

George Stevens Jr. and his Honors producing partner Michael Stevens will again produce and write the show.