Friday, July 17, 2015

Rita Moreno To Receive Kennedy Center Honor

Rita Moreno, one of only 12 people (and the only Latino) to receive the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards), and an HOLA Awards honoree to boot, will receive yet another accolade– an honor from the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. She joins rock band The Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress Cicely Tyson and conductor-musical director Seiji Ozawa in this year's honorees.

The Kennedy Center Honors is 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, D.C., during gala weekend-long events that culminate in a performance honoring the honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The Honors were created by George Stevens, Jr., and the late Nick Vanoff. From 1981 to 2002, the ceremony was hosted by Walter Cronkite; since 2003, it has been hosted by Caroline Kennedy.

Other Latinos to receive Kennedy Center Honors include Plácido Domingo (2000), Chita Rivera (2002), Martina Arroyo (2013), and Carlos Santana (2013). The event will be broadcast on December 29, 2015 by CBS. For more information, click here.

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