George Jones: 2008 Kennedy Center Honoree

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman and George Jones will be awarded the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts, along with choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.

The Honors gala is the Kennedy Center's most important annual fundraising event, supporting its performing arts, education, and outreach programs. In addition to the gala performance in the Center Opera House, the Honorees are treated to a White House reception and banquet.

I can't think of anyone better than George Jones to be awarded this high honor. Each year the Kennedy Center's national artists committee and past honorees present recommendations for proposed Honorees to the Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Honors recognize a lifetime of contributions to American culture through the performing arts, whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television. Who else can you think of that fits a description that includes "contributions to American Culture" than George Jones.

George Jones has been called, the "greatest living country singer," and has dearly earned his reputation by deep song lyrics and of course that vocal presence that can't be mistaken for anyone else. "The Possum" keeps on giving the fans what they want. More music and continues to tour, with almost 100 shows a year still.

"I am completely overwhelmed to be the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors,"
"I can't believe that I have been included in the same company as previous winners that are country music legends: Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff and Willie Nelson. Since I was a young man, I have just done what I love and that is sing country music, and I never dreamed that something this special would happen to me. I am completely humbled and will be proud to accept the award!"

--George Jones