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Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:52 am

Leonard Cohen has not yet been a Kennedy Center Honoree – and I think it is time!

From the Kennedy Center website -
The Kennedy Center Honors are the closest thing America has to knighthood. The honorees are rewarded for a lifetime of achievements. The awards are presented at a gala performance in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The Honorees are also given a White House reception and a banquet at the State Department. The honors usually go to an American, but foreigners who have made a huge impact in America, like Julie Andrews and Elton John, have been honored.
http://www.awardsandhonors.com/award/ke ... onors.html

I was going to post information about how to nominate Leonard Cohen for this award and then I looked in Roy’s thread – and he has already done all the work. Thank you Roy!!
Roy wrote:# 3. THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

http://www.kennedy-center.org/index.cfm - The Homepage
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... ts/honors/ - The Annual Ceremony
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... /home.html - About the Honors
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... /home.html - Past Honorees
http://www.kennedy-center.org/contact/f ... uestion_89 - How to Nominate

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF PAST CEREMONIES
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/ ... f&slider=1

Since their inception in 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have redefined America's perception of its artistic legacy and reinvented the way this nation rewards its artists. The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain, or the French Legion of Honor--the quintessential reward for a lifetime's endeavor. At the same time, the annual addition of new names to the roster of Honors recipients charts the international standard of excellence set by America's artists, as well as the aesthetic inspiration provided by artists of other nations who have achieved prominence on these shores. The annual Honors gala is an evening without categories, without disappointments, and without competition. And the Honors telecast, aired during the week between Christmas and New Year's, is a perennial Emmy nominee. It serves for millions of American arts lovers as the year's crowning event, paying tribute to our nation's preeminent artists with performances by the great stars of today who have followed in their footsteps. 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 Kennedy Center Opera House, the Honorees are treated to a White House reception and a banquet at the State Department.

Honorees are chosen by the Kennedy Center's national arts committee and by previous honorees, but written, grass-roots nominations are welcome. Send letters to: The Kennedy Center Honors, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566.

Send your letters about Leonard Cohen to the following:

The Kennedy Center Honors
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC
20566

Start your letters with: I, ___________ Nominate Leonard Cohen for the Kennedy Center Honors
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I will probably be repetitive here but the Kennedy Center Honors is one of my very favorite shows to watch on television each year. Every year, 5 people are chosen and honored. To date 168 artists have been honored. They do not perform. They sit in a box at the Kennedy Center and watch some of the most wonderful performances - by friends – fellow artists – who have come to honor them.

Although Honorees are mainly chosen by a committee and previous honorees, they do state that they “welcome” grass-roots nominations and I believe that “grass roots” is generally defined as something originating from “ordinary people” and that would be “we the people.” So – my point in starting this thread was to urge people - if they could feel so inclined, to send a letter to the Kennedy Center Honors at the address above and suggest Leonard Cohen.

And regarding those “previous Honorees” who have a say in who will be selected - I was asking in another thread about musicians/legends/celebrities/artists who had attended one of Leonard’s shows in the past tour and there are at least two former Honorees that I know of – Elton John and Paul Simon. I don’t know if Bob Dylan attended one of Leonard’s shows – but given his habit of showing up places incognito in recent years – you never know. :lol: And I’m sure he would agree that Leonard should receive this award. As well, Willie Nelson honored Leonard at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame – and I’m sure he would be happy to see Leonard receive this award. Also, Loretta Lynn was honored in 2003 and she, along with Leonard, is one of the recipients just named for the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement award. And there are probably others on the list of past Honorees who know Leonard and his life work and would be very much in favor of seeing Leonard honored. So – if you happen to know Willie or Bob or Paul – or any of the other past Honorees – or have a way of contacting them - give them a call or drop them a line as well. LOL

The honorees for this year were selected in September and they were Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen. The Honorees were presented with their awards at a dinner hosted by the Secretary of State and then met at the White House the next day before attending the show at the Kennedy Center on December 6. .As Roy notes above, the show is broadcast on CBS, usually the week between Christmas and New Years Day. This year it will be aired on Tuesday, December 29th at 9:00 p.m. There is never a rebroadcast. There has always been an attempt to keep secret who will be performing and amazingly the secrets have usually been well kept until the broadcast, although this year there have seen leaks already! Carl Reiner, Carol Burnett and Billy Joel are a few of the artists who will be performing/honoring artists.

A picture from this year -
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And here is the Kennedy Center website about this year’s awards and there are a couple of wonderful videos there that are well worth watching about shows from past years -

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... /index.cfm#

It is a huge “who’s who” event – Hollywood politicians and Washington celebrities :roll: – complete with a red carpet. A quick scan of the audience and you see a gazillion familiar faces - celebrities, politicians, media - and artists who have been honored in the past and artists who have honored other artists in the past. Here is a link about last year’s event:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culture ... ollyw.html

But all the hoopla and “who’s who” aside, It is wonderful to see artists being honored for their life's work, especially by fellow artists – and the tribute performances are usually quite wonderful. The Honorees are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts - in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television - and are selected by the Kennedy Center's Board of Trustees. Members of the Kennedy Center's national artists committee as well as past Honorees make recommendations. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement. There is a usually a balance in the yearly selection among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Anyway – as Roy has pointed out in his thread about Leonard’s awards – Leonard Cohen has not yet been a Kennedy Center Honoree - and it seems to me it is well time!! Many of Leonard Cohen’s contemporaries have already been honored, e.g., Paul Simon – 2002; Willie Nelson – 1997; Bob Dylan – 1997. I think it is time for Leonard Cohen!

Here is a link that gives the names of all past Honorees and the years they were honored:

http://kennedy-center.org/programs/spec ... /home.html

Also - from their websits – in FAQ - how honorees are selected -

How do I nominate someone for the Kennedy Center Honors?
Honorees are chosen by the Kennedy Center's national arts committee and by previous honorees, but written, grass-roots nominations are welcome. Send letters to: The Kennedy Center Honors, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566.


http://www.kennedy-center.org/contact/f ... uestion_52

There used to be a link on the Kennedy Center's website where you could watch individual videos of for most of the tributes to these artists, going back to the 70s. Unfortunately they seem to have updated their site and eliminated the videos - but they do have a couple of videos that are sort of a compilation that are worth watching. When Bob Hope was honored – veterans from all branches of the armed forces appeared one by one onto the stage – until the stage was full. As they took the stage they stated where they had been stationed around the world, when Bob had come there to entertain the troops – and then saluted Bob and said “Thanks for the memories.” It was very touching and emotional and Bob Hope sat in the box with tears streaming down his face.

There are videos of performances in the past few years on YouTube. Here are a few –

Steve Martin honors Paul Simon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrjdgOHlemI

Stunning performance by Bettye LaVette last year of “Love Reign O'er Me” – honoring The Who
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJi6maTueSc

Gregory Peck honors Bob Dylan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79C8VhvBq1A

Lyle Lovett last year singing “God Only Knows” – honoring Brian Wilson. (Brian Wilson, in spite of appearing very stoic at the time of the performance, later said “I thought Lyle Lovett's version was the best version I ever heard, including the Beach Boys.”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAg9vOQWAzQ

Love this one – bad boy Kid Rock brings down the house and most of the audience to their collective feet – honoring Sir Elton John with “Saturday Night's Alright.” (Warren Beatty was also honored that year and the video shows his wife, Annette Bening, in the box, giving in to her urge to get up and dance.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JgRruYToZE

Our Leonard Cohen is more than deserving and a perfect candidate for this award and I would love to see him honored! Roy is the resident expert here on awards and ceremonies and may have more information or suggestions. Apologies for being a tad verbose here - but I hope people will send off a brief letter to the "Kennedy Center Honors" nominating Leonard Cohen for this award.

REMINDER –The Honors Gala will be broadcast on the CBS Network (for the 32nd consecutive year) - a two-hour primetime special on Tuesday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). If you have never seen the show and you like music and the arts (and I know you do :lol: ) - mark your calendar. You won't be sorry.

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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:06 pm

Let's hope it happens during Obama's presidency.
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:44 pm

Roy wrote:Let's hope it happens during Obama's presidency.
I am hoping it happens regardless of Obama's presidency - and I'm hoping for 2010. LOL

Apparently Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are on Obama’s iPod – but no mention of Leonard Cohen.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicbl ... obamasipod

And I’m not sure how Leonard’s carbon footprints would check out. Also, there is a predominance onstage at his concerts of blue and red - not green. :lol: :lol: :lol:

But fortunately I do not believe presidents are involved in the selection process. The event is usually a huge breath of fresh air in Washington in December - a relief from end-of-year politics. It is traditional that the Honorees are invited to the White House to meet with the current president, and then the president and first lady sit in the box at the Kennedy Center with the Honorees. But any politics involved in the selection process comes more from the world of entertainment and the arts - where politics most definitely abounds - but they have their own special brand!!

George Stevens, Jr., the creator of the awards in 1978 (along with Nick Vanoff), is still involved as a producer. Here is an article along with a video from a few weeks ago – and in the video George Stevens talks about how the Honorees are selected – and a bit about the politics in the entertainment world – artists lobbying for one another – mention of Clint Eastwood lobbying for Dave Brubeck who was finally honored this year!

http://fns.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/12/06 ... n-process/

Click on the link to watch the short video.
December 6, 2009 09:56 AM EST | by: Megan Whittemore
Web Exclusive: Stevens on Selection Process

Tonight, the Kennedy Center Honors, produced by our Power Player of the Week George Stevens Jr., celebrates the 2009 honorees: Mel Brooks, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Springsteen, opera star Grace Bumbry, and jazz great Dave Brubeck.

Seated with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

The Honors recipients recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts—whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television—are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence.
In the video, Stevens tells us more about how the honorees are chosen and even how artists lobby for each other: According to George Stevens, 120 letters are sent out in the spring to people in the entertainment business (most likely a lot of past Honorees).

So – now would be the ideal time for “we the people” to contact the Kennedy Center Honors and suggest/nominate Leonard Cohen. I wonder if Clint Eastwood would go ahead and "make my day" - and use his tenacity to lobby for Leonard as well. 8) :lol: He is a friend on my MySpace. I might ask him. LOL

In any event, I am hoping that Leonard Cohen is one of the five selected in 2010!

'Bout time. :D :D :D
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby mnkyface » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:06 am

I'm working on a letter... thanks for the links and info Linda. I do think this will happen!!!

As for Clint... one of the coolest people on the planet, imo. I met him a few times when I was a kid. My dad was a DJ at KRML (the radio station in Play Misty for Me!) for a few years and we'd see Clint at local jazz events, and the restaurant he owned - The Hog's Breath Inn. This was about 1984, before he was mayor of Carmel, but he was very visible and accessible around town. Of course, to me at that age, he was "the guy in the orangutan movies" and I was dumbstruck. He is very engaging in person, with a KILLER smile.
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby sturgess66 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:30 pm

What a great memory/experience for you Esther about Clint Eastwood!! He is a cool dude - or yeah - one of the coolest people on the planet. 8) He is about to turn 80. I saw him on TV recently and he said that "80" was the new "20."

He was honored in year 2000 along with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chuck Berry, Plácido Domingo, and Angela Lansbury. Since he was at the awards last year to honor his friend Morgan Freeman who was in two of Clint's films (The Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby), I don't know - but I am guessing that he will not be one of the people doing the honors this year for his friend Dave Brubeck (88 years old). But I read somewhere that he is presently involved in making a feature-length documentary about Dave Brubeck. And I love Clint Eastwood's music also. The scores from a lot of his films, partly or wholly, are music written by him (Bridges of Madison County *sigh*, The Unforgiven, Grace is Gone - and many, many others).
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby sturgess66 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:27 am

Just bumping up this thread. This show is on television tonight. It is never rebroadcast.

REMINDER –The Honors Gala will be broadcast on the CBS Network (for the 32nd consecutive year) - a two-hour primetime special on Tuesday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).


The Honorees are Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen. There will be many guest artists performing in their honor.

Editing - just found a list:

Mel Brooks
Dave Brubeck
Grace Bumbry
Robert De Niro
Bruce Springsteen
*******************
# Caroline Kennedy
# Meryl Streep
# Martin Scorsese
# Harvey Keitel
# Edward Norton
# Ben Stiller
# Sharon Stone
# Herbie Hancock
# Christian McBride
# Bill Charlap
# Jon Faddis
# Bill Stewart
# Miguel Zenon
# Carl Reiner
# Frank Langella
# Martin Short
# Jack Black
# Harry Connick Jr.
# Richard Kind
# Jane Krakowski
# Roger Bart
# Shuler Hensley
# Cory English
# Matthew Morrison
# Gary Beach
# Matthew Broderick
# Aretha Franklin
# Simon Estes
# Angela Gheorgiu
# Jon Stewart
# Ron Kovic
# Rob Mathes All-Star Band
# John Mellencamp
# Ben Harper
# Jennifer Nettles
# Melissa Etheridge
# Eddie Vedder
# Joyce Garrett Choir
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby MaryB » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:32 am

Linda, thanks for all your research, info and links on this subject. I have sent my letter off already. You're so right - he definitely deserves this honor!

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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:14 am

NO LEONARD COHEN THIS YEAR! :twisted:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... ts/honors/

THE 2012 KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

Buddy Guy
Led Zeppelin
David Letterman
Dustin Hoffman
Natalia Makarova

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... z26QT1SmhN

That does it for 2012! Until next year!
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:30 am

Please tell the Kennedy Center to honor Leonard Cohen.

Leave your comments here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... ts/honors/
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:37 pm

The only Canadian to receive a Kennedy Center Honor so far is Actor Hume Cronyn in 1986 (born July 18, 1911, London, Canada; died June 15, 2003) husband of Jessica Tandy, who also received the honor the same year.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/ ... rce_type=A
http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/ ... rce_type=A

A lot of New Yorkers and Russians http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... /home.html
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:00 pm

PAST HONOREES PAGE UPDATED - NEW LINK

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... istory.cfm
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby regensburg » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:24 pm

I have made this suggestion about two month ago we need to nominate Leonard for this year.
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:24 pm

You have to be alive to receive the Kennedy Center Honor. Once you're dead, you can never get it.
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby Roy » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:02 am

NO LEONARD COHEN THIS YEAR! :-x :evil: :twisted:

2013 Kennedy Center Honors

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... istory.cfm

Martina Arroyo
Herbie Hancock
Billy Joel
Shirley MacLaine
Carlos Santana

CHECK OUT THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE - THEY ARE ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2014 - RECOMMEND LEONARD COHEN :D

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... istory.cfm

Submit a Kennedy Center Honors Recommendation

The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The primary criterion is excellence, and artistic achievement in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television is considered.

Recommendations are now being accepted for the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Please use the fields below to submit a recommendation.

Your First Name: Your Last Name: Your Email Address: Artist First Name: Artist Last Name: Why did you suggest this person?:
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Re: Leonard Cohen and Kennedy Center Honors

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:33 am

Done Roy - and thanks! That was easy. I received a confirmation almost immediately.
Thank you for your Kennedy Center Honors recommendation. You have submitted Leonard Cohen for consideration.
Your recommendation will be sent to the Special Honors Advisory Committee. All eligible names will be reviewed by the committee.
The Honors recipients are typically announced in early September. For more information about the Kennedy Center Honors please visit us on the web at www.kennedy-center.org/honors.
Thank you again for your interest in the Kennedy Center Honors.
This is the first time I have seen a form available online for nominating someone? In the past, you had to write to them.
I hope people will click on the link. Really - it's easy - no registering - just your name and email - and why you are nominating Leonard Cohen.

It's high time that Leonard is a Kennedy Center Honoree.

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