The Kennedy Center Honors are presented annually and are considered to be the most prestigious cultural accolades in America.
Andrew will receive his award in recognition of his extraordinary lifetime contribution to American culture
He is joined, this year, by film director Steven Spielberg, country singer-song-writer Dolly Parton, singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson and the conductor Zubin Mehta.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I’m very flattered to have been asked to join the enormously impressive list of people the Kennedy Center has honoured over the years”.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and the other recipients will receive their awards on December 2 at a dinner hosted by Condoleezza Rice. This will be followed by a gala performance at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House on 3rd December as a tribute to the outstanding contributions each has made to America’s performing arts culture. President and Mrs. Bush will receive the Honorees at the White House prior to the performance.
In a statement the Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman said: “This year we honour five extraordinary international artists whose abundant contributions to their fields are remarkable. They have transformed the culture of our country and the world. Andrew Lloyd Webber has led a seismic change in our musical theatre, becoming the most popular theatre composer in the world”.
Past recipients include singer Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and Julie Andrews.
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