The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that BMI artist/songwriters Brian Wilson and Diana Ross are among the five recipients of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. The 30th annual gala will be held Sunday, December 2 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C., attended by President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. CBS will broadcast the event on Wednesday, December 26 at 9pm (EST).
Preceding the gala, honorees will also be recognized at receptions at the White House and State Department.
Brian Wilson, a founding member of the Beach Boys, penned lyrics for such tunes as “Good Vibrations,” “Surfer Girl”, and “Fun, Fun, Fun,” among many others. Diana Ross, one-third of the Supremes, also scored success as a solo artist and actress.
Additional honorees include comedic actor Steve Martin, film director Martin Scorsese and pianist/conductor Leon Fleisher.
The John F. Kennedy Center annually honors contributors to American culture through the performing arts, including dance, music, theater, opera and motion pictures. Recipients are selected by the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees.