Springsteen, De Niro For Kennedy Awards


You lookin’ at me? Tramps
like these, baby, they were born to run…


By Blurt Staff


This year’s Kennedy Center Honors should prove interesting:
Bruce Springsteen and Robert De Niro, along with Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and
opera’s Grace Bumbry, are the 32nd edition’s honorees. They’ll
appear December 6 at the White House then be whisked over to the Kennedy Center to receive their kudos (CBS will
air the ceremony Dec. 29). And yes, they’ll be jostling for table space with
President and Michelle Obama.


In a statement issued yesterday by the Kennedy Center:


“This year, the Kennedy Center
celebrates five extraordinary individuals whose unique and abundant artistry
has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world.
With his hilarious movies and musicals, Mel Brooks has created comedic gems
that will keep us laughing for years to come. Dave Brubeck’s genius has dazzled
us for six decades and has helped to define an American art form. Grace Bumbry
helped to break the color barrier on her way to one of the most illustrious
operatic careers in the 20th century. One of America’s greatest cinematic
actors, Robert De Niro has demonstrated a legendary commitment to his
characters and has co-founded one of the world’s major film festivals. With his
gritty and honest songs that speak to the everyman, Bruce Springsteen has
always had his finger on the pulse of America.”




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