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Joan Baez & Garth Brooks Named 2020 Kennedy Center Honorees

Joan Baez and Garth Brooks are among the few artists selected to receive the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors.

The annual honor "celebrates the contributions and careers of artists who have left an indelible mark on our shared American culture and character." The 2020 Honorees also include violinist Midori, choreographer Debbie Allen, and actor Dick Van Dyke.

The Kennedy Center Honors is usually held in December, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition was postponed to May 2021. Small in-person events and filming are planned for May 17-22. The Honors Gala will then air on CBS as a two-hour primetime special on June 6 at 9pm ET/PT.

A statement reads, "Reflective of this unique time in history, the Center’s entire campus will come alive with small, in-person events and re-envisioned virtual tributes. Featuring multiple events for physically-distant audiences in locations across the Kennedy Center’s campus...programs for each event will encompass both performances and speaking tributes for the Honorees. Virtual events will also be held throughout the week beginning May 17, and the viability of additional in-person events will be considered as COVID-19 safety protocols evolve over the upcoming months."

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Article Image: Joan Baez performing at Royal Albert Hall on May 28, 2018. (Raph_PH [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.)

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