Grace Bumbry, Kennedy Center Honors ceremony originally held on Sunday, December 6th, with Caroline Kennedy as host for the seventh consecutive year.
This year’s honorees are Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen. With President Obama and Vice President Biden in attendance and performances delivered by many artists including; Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Ben Harper, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella, John Mellencamp, Edward Norton, Carl Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Martin Short, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Sting, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, and Eddie Vedder, the roster represents a nice little variety of talent. This yearly event recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television.
Dave Brubeck, has written a number of jazz standards including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke”. Brubeck’s style ranges from refined to wild, reflecting both his mother’s attempts at classical training to his improvisational skills.
Bruce Springsteen, The Boss just turned 60 this year and is still feeling his oats. Bruce & The E Street Band is still playing to sold-out arenas around the world. Bruce Springsteen is simple one of music’s mega-stars of the 21st century.
Mel Brooks, now why would Mel Brooks be mentioned in music since he’s mainly known for his outrageous movies like “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “High Anxiety.” “The Producers” won an Academy Award for best original screenplay, and the beginning of a lucky streak that continued right through the movie’s transformation into a smash play on Broadway.
Grace Bumery, As a youth Grace Bumbry sang in church choirs and was obsessed with singing as a child. In 1955 she entered Northwestern University, where she studied voice and later transferred to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. In 1958 she was joint winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She made her professional debut in a recital in London in 1959.