Talk:Kennedy Center Honors

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  • JohnClarknew 18:22, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

What? Are we supposed to guess what this single word means? Gingermint (talk) 03:55, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

More Criticism[edit]

There needs to be a larger section on the criticism of these "honors." Only one columnist is quoted (it is a good quote, though). So much has been said, panning the Kennedy Center Honors, that this section needs to be expanded to reflect the general attitude. Readers of this article, perhaps knowing nothing of the KCH, might think, from reading the article, that the honors are more prestigious than they really are. Gingermint (talk) 03:55, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

I'm not sure what the "general attitude" toward the Honors is. Has there been a survey? If so, there should be a reference cited.

See Wikipedia:Criticism#Avoid_sections_and_articles_focusing_on_criticisms_or_controversies Becky Sayles (talk) 16:59, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Unnecessary/Unimportant Detail[edit]

Some of the details included now seem not to warrant inclusion, such as the Paul McCartney story (he was busy that weekend) and others. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Avocats (talkcontribs) 07:39, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

Like a brochure[edit]

Umm. This page reads like a brochure, or a feature out of a "things to do this weekend" section of a newspaper rather than as an encyclopedia entry... 22:36, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Who do you believe should be honored?[edit]

I cannot believe Mary Tyler Moore isn't included. The guidelines do not indicate if the person has to be alive or not. I guess they have to be alive or Elvis would have been honored. What about Merv Griffin (sorry, he died), Gore Vidal, Phil Donahue, Bea Arthur, Andy Griffith, Carole King, Jim Nabors, Cher, Barry Manilow, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Dick Van Dyke, Ron Howard, Bette Midler, James Garner, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Roseanne, Stiller & Meara, Geraldo Rivera, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, William Shatner, Liza Minnelli, Little Richard, Pat Boone, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Roger Ebert, Johnny Mathis, Kasey Kasem, William Daniels, Lionel Richie, Mike Post, and, with apprehenison, the much overrated Oprah. Just my thoughts, who would you like to see honored? —The preceding Scott Kjeer comment was added by Greatdane813 03:09, 12 February 2007 (UTC) Greatdane813 (talkcontribs) 02:12, 12 February 2007 (UTC).

They do have to still be living. Funny that the previous comment mentioned Diana Ross, as she was just honored this past year. I'm told that prospective honorees also have to promise to be available for the weekend of the ceremony-- i.e., no awards will be presented in absentia. I heard rumors that Barbra Streisand has been offered the opportunity to be an honoree but she refuses to accept it from this president. Depending on the results of the presidential elections this November, maybe we'll see Babs honored in the near future... Stu21202 (talk) 23:30, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Bob Dylan[edit]

"Rich also questioned the selection process, suggesting that candidates such as John Cage, Orson Welles, Marlon Brando, and Bob Dylan had yet to be chosen because"

It says that Bob Dylan was honored in 1997. What this written before that? If so, I think this should be notated. If not, I think a footnote should be added. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:50, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

Focus is too narrow[edit]

It appears that the majority of the focus in the article is on tje 2009 honorees, with Bruce Springsteen in particular. To complicate things further, the descriptions of the part each notable person played on stage (specifically Ron Kovic are poorly written, and don't give the performers enough credit. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 06:29, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

Doris Day[edit]

Doris Day turned down the Kennedy Center Honors in 1997. (talk) 15:32, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

American culture?[edit]

"The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture." Is this correct? There seems to be no rule that honorees have to be Americans - Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Who, Led Zeppelin are not. Or is it "Americans only, except for British rock stars that Americans love"? Intelligent Mr Toad (talk) 07:28, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

The sentence you quoted doesn't say they have to be Americans – just that they contributed to American culture, which all of the people/groups you mention have done.
The sentence is a paraphrase of "The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts" at their website. —[AlanM1(talk)]— 19:14, 11 March 2014 (UTC)