Lily Tomlin is among this year's Kennedy Center honorees.
Lily Tomlin is among this year's Kennedy Center honorees.
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Tony Award winner Lily Tomlin, Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Grammy winners Sting and Al Green, and former New York City Ballet principal dancer Patricia McBride have been named 2014's Kennedy Center Honors recipients.

"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement. "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 Kennedy Center Honors will take place on December 7 at the Kennedy Center Opera House and will air on CBS on December 30.