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Kennedy Center Honors to be back this spring

Here are the honorees and some details. More at Wash Post

This spring, the Kennedy Center Honors will salute five performing artists — singer Joan Baez, country musician Garth Brooks, dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen, violinist Midori and actor Dick Van Dyke — and break with tradition by staging six days of intimate performances instead of a one-night blockbuster event.

The 43rd Kennedy Center Honors will be held May 17-22 and broadcast in prime time on CBS on June 6. Because of coronavirus-related restrictions on large gatherings, the 2,360-seat Opera House won’t host the star-studded show, explained Kennedy Center president and chief executive Deborah Rutter. Instead, tributes to honorees will be performed in multiple, smaller settings on the campus — including outdoors on the front plaza and inside the Grand Foyer and the Reach — and the producers will stitch them together for television.

“We will figure out a way to do this,” Rutter said about the celebration of lifetime achievement, which is still a work in progress despite being four months off. “I very much want these five individuals to feel as feted and supported and recognized as possible.”

by Anonymousreply 162Last Sunday at 12:07 PM

I am astonished Midori is 49. i still think of her as 20.

by Anonymousreply 101/13/2021

It's a good, safe lineup. Baez is overdue. What about Liza, Jane Fonda and Johnny Mathis though? All culturally important and gifted. I guess the answer is never them.

by Anonymousreply 201/13/2021

They better do Joan on the first night. She's looking a bit peaked.

by Anonymousreply 301/13/2021

Debbie Allen? That’s scraping the bottom of the barrel. A TV series in the 80s, choreographed a notorious flop musical and hasn’t worked on broadway since 1986. How did she get in there? Her sister is more deserving.

by Anonymousreply 401/13/2021

[quote] Her sister is more deserving.

Phylicia is a master at her craft.

by Anonymousreply 501/13/2021

Glad to see Joan Baez. How old is Dick Van Dyke? I wonder who they will use to honor him. Julie Andrews maybe. Has she been honored?

by Anonymousreply 601/13/2021

Dolly Parton!!!!!!!!!

She’s a national treasure!!!!

by Anonymousreply 701/13/2021

Chits Rivera is no spring chicken. Who the fuck is Midori? She couldn't wait a couple years??

by Anonymousreply 801/13/2021

R7 and R8, Dolly was honored in 2006, Chita in 2002.

by Anonymousreply 901/13/2021

[quote] Phylicia is a master at her craft.

I most definitely agree.

by Anonymousreply 1001/13/2021

Who would present Liza's award? Everyone she knows is dead.

by Anonymousreply 1101/13/2021

How heterosexual are these presentees?

Too bad Trump was in office when Cher, Reba and the cast of Hamilton was inducted.

by Anonymousreply 1201/13/2021

I guess it hadn't even dawned on me that they didn't do the usual holiday season telecast.

by Anonymousreply 1301/13/2021

Debbie Allen is a joke. This really is pathetic. Remember this was supposed to honor people like Richard Rodgers, George Balanchine, Fred Astaire, Marian Anderson, and Arthur Rubinstein. People who made an enormous contribution to America's cultural life. Name one thing Allen has ever contributed to the national culture. I know she's done a lot of shitty TV chorography. The only thing I saw her do was badly replace Woodard in Ain't Misbehavin. She was an amateur on a stage with terrific performers. I'd give it to Ken Page, Woodard or Andre de Shields before her

by Anonymousreply 1401/13/2021

I’m scratching my head over Debbie Allen. I’m 100% in agreement that the honorees should be diverse but this is just so undeserving.

by Anonymousreply 1501/13/2021

Indeed, R2.

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by Anonymousreply 1601/13/2021

I think Debbie Allen is deserving.

by Anonymousreply 1701/13/2021

R17- Nia Peeples

by Anonymousreply 1801/13/2021

Chits!

by Anonymousreply 1901/13/2021

What about Burt Bacharach? Dionne Warwick?

by Anonymousreply 2001/13/2021

R11, Joel Grey, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, Sam Harris, Lorna Luft, etc.

by Anonymousreply 2101/13/2021

They never gave Carol Channing her due. Screw them.

by Anonymousreply 2201/13/2021

Uh, They usually choose a well know STAR to present the award R21.

Carol Channing? One hit show on Broadway that she played for 50 years doesn't deserve a KCH.

by Anonymousreply 2301/13/2021

I hope they bring Caroline Kennedy back to start the evening. It didn't feel right without her.

by Anonymousreply 2401/13/2021

R23, And Oscar winner Joel Grey doesn't qualify?

by Anonymousreply 2501/13/2021

No R25, he doesn't. Do you know what a STAR is. Diana Ross and Liza were once friends. Chita Rivera. Andy Warhol. And everybody who ever died of AIDS and drugs. It doesn't matter. Because Liza Minnelli has been a has been long enough to have received the honor by now. She never will.

I'm the one who said it's wrong that Liza hasn't been honored. Her best days were a bit before my time, but there is no one like her, ever. One of the most electric stage performers of all time. An actual triple threat. The Kennedy Center doesn't give awards to people still in active decline though. You can be half dead, but you must have not ended in a pool of vomit. If you've fallen, you're supposed to get up first. Liza is just not their brand. And that's a shame. Because regardless of who is alive to present it, - her life's work and songs would make for a bring the house down tribute. But Feinstein, Grey and Lorna are not it. They can appear in tribute, but they are unknown to anyone but old gays and Liza's caregivers.

Her work is both oddly sophisticated and weirdly dated. Ah. But a full throated belter and one of the best actresses in song, ever. L*I*Z*A* should have an ALL DRAG queen tribute. And ok, Joel Grey.

But what in the fuck is their problem with giving the damn honor to Johnny fucking Mathis? One of the all time greats AND a cultural icon.

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by Anonymousreply 2601/13/2021

^ Besides, Martin Scorsese would happily give Liza the award. Or Bernadette Peters. Meryl Streep deeply admires Liza too. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 2701/13/2021

I posted the wrong copy of that performance @ R26. Doesn't matter - but this one is pristine. Liza was in control of her great big voice. No shrieking or overreaching. Nothing subtle mind you.

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by Anonymousreply 2801/13/2021

R27, how about Julianne Moore?

by Anonymousreply 2901/13/2021

Totally agree about Liza and I'm not even a fan. And I fear with each coming year it becomes less likely to happen.

Debbie Allen is a joke. I have no idea what would be considered the basis for her being honored.

by Anonymousreply 3001/13/2021

Ditto I'm not a Liza fan as well but I am incredulous considering some of the people who've gotten it she's never gotten one as well. She's certainly had a considerable career and was an important part of the cultural landscape towards the latter part of the 20th Century. So what kept her from getting one? Her substance abuse problems? Well what has that to do with her achievements? Fonda as well. I have been questioning of her clueless public behavior but if anyone alive now deserves it it's her.

by Anonymousreply 3101/13/2021

R27, Goldie Hawn

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by Anonymousreply 3201/13/2021

They've had lots of drunks and drug addicts and artists with lost periods receive the Kennedy Center Honor. As I said upthread, I think Liza just doesn't meet the reformation standard or late in life attention that brings some others back to life. The Award has gone to far too many mid talents in middle age lately. I guess it's demographics, but that's stupid. For every Billy Joel and Reba, give us some ART and some important prolific artists.

Liza is that and some more. But there's no documentary on her or any revival of her work. Stage performers kind of disappear, even with Youtube - the essence of what they did is kind of ephemeral. Still, the Kennedy Center has honored plenty of them. The Barbara Cook tribute is one of the most stellar of all time. The best of the very best performed at the time showed up, and performed beautifully. The general public didn't know who the fuck Barbara Cook was.

Kelly Clarkson sang a wicked version of Fancy last year (for Reba) and Adam Lambert did that beautiful thing with Cher's song....but really? Those were awards show tribute performance. Not a Kennedy Center lifetime achievement for contribution to the arts and culture. And I'm not that old either. Not even PBS gives us anything longform cultural or remotely difficult anymore. The landscape is barren.

I guess the panel is grossed out by Liza's life of partying and her never really telling the truth? Or too many sequins? Because she never has. Told the truth or matured. But her work and talent SHOULD be celebrated and lots of people 40 to 50 still DO know who she is. If only for being a good natured trainwreck in sequins.

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by Anonymousreply 3301/13/2021

I would hope to see Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges or even Miley Cyrus or Harry Styles pay tribute to Joan Baez. (Like Bob Dylan is going show up, ha) They'll probably wheel out James Taylor and Judy Collins. And then they'll "sing" Yuck.

by Anonymousreply 3401/13/2021

My understanding is that because the KCH is just a made-for-TV thing and really always has been, you can't get it if you don't agree to show. So it's possible that Liza just isn't interested in going, or her health prevents it. But certainly she and Bette Midler, in my opinion, are two glaring omissions. I mean, Liza would be on the shortlist of the greatest American entertainers of all time, with Sammy Davis, Jr., Sinatra, Judy, Barbra, so forth.

I agree that Debbie Allen is all wrong, she's not well respected in her field by any stretch. It should be Susan Stroman, then! She's as famous as Barbara Cook was, for heaven's sake, at least in her category.

And the category bit has certainly smudged over time; it used to be pretty strict: one each from music, dance, theater, opera, and motion pictures or television. Dance and opera aren't draws on TV, so they are just giving it to more actors and musicians.

by Anonymousreply 3501/13/2021

I think they offered it to Paul McCartney but he couldn't get to America on the date of the taping. He said all the right things and hoped they could schedule it another year. They haven't offered it to him again.

by Anonymousreply 3601/13/2021

Huh? Paul McCartney got it. It was 35 fucking minutes long. Oprah gave it to him.

by Anonymousreply 3701/13/2021

[quote]Debbie Allen is a joke. I have no idea what would be considered the basis for her being honored.

Fam.

The backstory: It was offered to ME first but that I was a night I was planning to walk soulfully on the beach with only two paparazzi while wistfully thinking of the one true love of my life, Cory Monteith, who is now dead and I am now grieving.

When the "Kens" (as I call them) asked if I had a suitable replacement, I suggested Ms. Allen as an act of solidarity both with women and with Black Lives Matter.

But not that cunt Naya Rivera.

by Anonymousreply 3801/13/2021

That rapper guy has one.

Anyone can get one now!

by Anonymousreply 3901/13/2021

Do we get full scholarships to the Debbie Allen School of Dance?

by Anonymousreply 4001/13/2021

[Quote] It should be Susan Stroman, then!

God no. Everything she directs is crap.

by Anonymousreply 4101/13/2021

Garth Brooks? Seriously? 🙄🙄

by Anonymousreply 4201/13/2021

Sorry, eldergays, but Liza can't sing!

If anyone deserves a KCH it's ME!

by Anonymousreply 4301/13/2021

A full list of the Kennedy Center honorees over the years would be a sad if fascinating comment on the steady decline of the performing arts in America. I can't imagine this year (or in recent years) it was easy to come up with 5 deserving honorees.

It's also amazing to think that in its first years, IIRC, there would only be one or two women honored.

by Anonymousreply 4401/13/2021

Liza can't sing in the normal sense, but she's extremely musical. A great performer. Wonderful timing and inflections, a dynamic sense of rhythm and beat. Her voice was kind of blaring and undisciplined but a lot more versatile in quieter moments. Hmm. Who does that remind you of? Liza is along with Bernadette Peters the best singing actress within a song ever. They know how to fit their voice to their expression and the story. Interpret the damn song. That's broadway in a way. But not very many are good at it. Liza elevates it to an art form. Made people forget about the flaws in her voice or the too theatrical finishes. Because for every BIG number she ever sang, she did something unique and unexpected, obscure.

Chita Rivera has a Kennedy Center Honor and she can't sing at all! Ditto Shirley MacLaine. Triple threats. Sutton Foster is a better singer, dancer and just as good an actress as any of them. But she's not a star the moment she's gone. Can't bottle it. Liza dared to be insanely sincere and daringly theatrical, when even in her own time - that was anachronistic. She's derivative of only one person - but still unique. Iconic. You know her silhouette and the first 4 bars of her songs.

Pat Benatar is not garbage as a vocalist - but not at all memorable as a performer. Shit music. I hope you're joking R43. Have you been drinking?

Stevie Nicks deserves it. They know they have quite a few years to give it to her. She'll definitely get it.

Liza. It was a good time.

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by Anonymousreply 4501/13/2021

I wish they'd give it to La LuPone.

by Anonymousreply 4601/13/2021

Whitbot/R45, time and time again, you continue to prove how insane -- as well as inconsistent -- you are. Weren't you just in Judy Garland's thread trashing her talent and insulting her fans as ancient white fags who has zero taste of what constitutes good singing?

Now you're here praising Liza who is a much inferior version of her mother?

Make it make sense!

by Anonymousreply 4701/13/2021

^Huh. charlie is here. Nutjob old fag crying along to his Carnegie Hall album. Clang, clang, clang.

by Anonymousreply 4801/13/2021

Where in my post did I say that Liza Minnelli is a great vocalist? I think I explained her talent quite well. Some of us know what we're talking about.

by Anonymousreply 4901/13/2021

I'm game to come anyways and shing "Diamondsh and Rusht" for Joanie!

by Anonymousreply 5001/13/2021

r46 - I have to think Patti or Bernie will be getting a KCH sometime in the next couple of years. Two beloved Broadway stars, both in their early 70s, both with long sustained careers (as opposed to performers who haven't been on stage in decades.) Are there bigger stars of a certain age, known primarily for their work on Broadway, who have not been honored?

by Anonymousreply 5101/13/2021

"Are there bigger stars of a certain age, known primarily for their work on Broadway, who have not been honored?"

Yes, Helen Lawson.

by Anonymousreply 5201/14/2021

"Debbie Allen? That’s scraping the bottom of the barrel. A TV series in the 80s, choreographed a notorious flop musical and hasn’t worked on broadway since 1986. How did she get in there? Her sister is more deserving."

The answer is simple - quotas. There must be a black person honored, period. It is strange that they couldn't find a better quota fulfiller than Debbie Allen.

by Anonymousreply 5301/14/2021

I guess Diana Ross has already been awarded? Tina Turner?

Leslie Uggams is more worthy than Debbie Allen.

by Anonymousreply 5401/14/2021

Has Smokey Robinson already been honored?

by Anonymousreply 5501/14/2021

Smokey has been honored.

Leslie Uggams would have been a fantastic idea. Way better than Debbie fucking Allen.

by Anonymousreply 5601/14/2021

Debbie Allen? Debbie Fucking Allen?

What the hell has she ever done to warrant this? She was on two shit tv shows way back in the 80s and did those horrible 'interpretive dance' Oscar numbers that were always howlingly awful and made fun of every single year.

by Anonymousreply 5701/14/2021

[quote]Pat Benatar is not garbage as a vocalist - but not at all memorable as a performer. Shit music.

Pat Benatar had some kickass songs.

by Anonymousreply 5801/14/2021

Diana Ross and Tina Turner have already been honored.

Don't laugh, but Dionne Warwick really is qualified to get this.

by Anonymousreply 5901/14/2021

Dionne Warwick is totally qualified, arts-wise, but I have a feeling her grifter past is keeping her from receiving this.

by Anonymousreply 6001/14/2021

"I think they offered it to Paul McCartney but he couldn't get to America on the date of the taping. He said all the right things and hoped they could schedule it another year. They haven't offered it to him again."

He got it under Obama.

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by Anonymousreply 6101/14/2021

I still can't understand Garth Brooks.

by Anonymousreply 6201/14/2021

Garth is one of the small stable of performers who are asked to perform at many Kennedy Center Honors shows. They have been awarded the honor, and Garth is next.

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by Anonymousreply 6301/14/2021

What about George Wolfe? Do playwrights and stage directors get it?

Debbie is from hunger.

by Anonymousreply 6401/14/2021

I don't understand why Garth Brooks is considered a megastar

by Anonymousreply 6501/14/2021

[quote] Debbie Allen? Debbie Fucking Allen?

She was a Bway star (with a Tony, I think). Then she did TV acting and choreography. Finally, she opened a dance studio for black kids.

Heck is LL Cool J has a Kennedy Center Honor, why not Debbie Allen? Plus, they're just running out of people

by Anonymousreply 6601/14/2021

It's not that there has been a steady decline in the arts, it's that there aren't legends anymore.

I chalk that up to there being so many forms of entertainment available at all times that it's tough to rise to the top of that.

by Anonymousreply 6701/14/2021

That doesn't make him deserving, R63.

by Anonymousreply 6801/14/2021

Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Kenny Loggins

by Anonymousreply 6901/14/2021

Spielberg got it years ago.

by Anonymousreply 7001/14/2021

So did Robert Redford. He got it the same year as Tina Turner.

by Anonymousreply 7101/14/2021

Wow, I just realized Betty White has never received a Kennedy Center Honors! Now that's a travesty!

by Anonymousreply 7201/14/2021

Mary Tyler Moore never received the honor either. Nor Gladys Knight or Emmylou Harris. or LIZA.

Bette, Bernadette, Stevie Nicks and Patti LuPone will all receive the KCH, but they are going to space those powerhouse tributes out.

If LL Cool J, Tom Hanks and Reba have one, I don't see why not Garth Brooks. Debbie Allen is a curious choice, but she was a much better dancer than considered here. And she is still a wonderful mentor and teacher to dancers from difficult backgrounds. Ok, so she was a bit bowlegged. But a very dynamic dancer. Much better than someone like Bebe Neuwirth or Karen Ziemba. Her career is not really stellar enough to warrant the KCH. But it's an important one to the arts.

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by Anonymousreply 7301/14/2021

Sorry. I think I need to google the list of who has already received it.

by Anonymousreply 7401/15/2021

I'm most surprised to hear about Mary Tyler Moore. I wonder if she was simply too ill to accept the honor in those final years when she would have been a prime candidate.

What about Nathan Lane? Is he worthy? Lily Tomlin? Goldie Hawn? Shirley MacLaine? Surely, they're all more worthy than some recent honorees.

by Anonymousreply 7501/15/2021

Hal Holbrook

by Anonymousreply 7601/15/2021

Mary Tyler Moore should have gotten it well before she was too ill to be able to attend. She would have been worthy in the 90s.

by Anonymousreply 7701/15/2021

Shirley McClaine was honored.

by Anonymousreply 7801/15/2021

Well she wasn’t honored you misspelled her name...,

by Anonymousreply 7901/15/2021

Yes: it's Shitley NOT Shirley!

by Anonymousreply 8001/15/2021

Lily Tomlin has already been honored. One day Whoopi will get that medal around her neck. She doesn't deserve it, though.

Shirley Maclaine was another who received a stellar tribute. Great performers.

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by Anonymousreply 8101/15/2021

The news of all these undeserving people who've gotten the award in recent years reminds me me of my disinterest in it since the 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 8201/15/2021

Twyla Tharp, Jacques D'amboise, Patricia McBride and Suzanne Farrell were wonderful, deserving, semi-recent recipients. Desmond Richardson should be next. What a beautiful man and dancer/choreographer. ABT and his own Complexions Dance Company.

What's curious about the KCH is that sometimes the biggest stars get the most lackluster tributes. Streisand, Streep's, Katharine Hepburn's, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Diana Ross's events were all less than they deserved.

Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, Al Green, Billy Joel, Springsteen, Barbara Cook, Elton John, Jerry Herman and Chita Rivera all had wonderful tributes with real moments of power and surprise. Of course there are some great classical artist tributes too, but just as many that were dull and far from greatness.

by Anonymousreply 8301/15/2021

[quote] What's curious about the KCH is that sometimes the biggest stars get the most lackluster tributes. Streisand, Streep's, Katharine Hepburn's, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Diana Ross's events were all less than they deserved.

I wouldn't call the tributes Tina Turner and Diana Ross "lackluster." Beyoncé (regardless of what one may think about her, she is a phenomenal live performer) and Yolanda Adams gave electrifying tributes of "Proud Mary" and "Reach Out and Touch" respectively.

by Anonymousreply 8401/15/2021

I love Beyonce. And she did proud Mary for Tina's tribute, not Yolanda. Beyonce is the only one who should dare try - but she was visibly nervous and it was far from her best performance. She also sang The Way We Were for Streisand, somewhat better. But Everyone's knows that Miss Gladys Knight's song and that's who they should have asked. I know what I'm saying. You're free to disagree.

Jennifer Nettles. Garth Brooks, Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Beth Hart and Alison Krauss and other unexpected performers have given surprising, moving and show stopping performances at the Kennedy Center tributes.

Beyonce, Angela Lansbury, Mavis Staples, Carol Channing, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and James Taylor have all been very disappointing.

Shania Twain sang an achingly simple version of Coat of Many Colors for Dolly Parton. Shania ain't much of a singer, but the material was right for her and her heart was in it. Beyonce was nervous as hell trying to sing Proud Mary on that stage. It was a big FAIL.

by Anonymousreply 8501/15/2021

[quote]She also sang The Way We Were for Streisand, somewhat better. But Everyone's knows that Miss Gladys Knight's song and that's who they should have asked.

The Way We Were is Barbra's signature song. Most people aren't even aware Gladys Knight covered it.

by Anonymousreply 8601/15/2021

R85, Fantasia's tribute to Elton John was awesome. She sang the hell out of Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word and made Elton cry.

by Anonymousreply 8701/15/2021

How did she learn the words?

by Anonymousreply 8801/15/2021

You're insane R86. Gladys has always sung The Way We Were better than Streisand and everyone knows it, including gross Barbaric Streisand. That's why Gladys wasn't asked to do it. Beyonce did a pretty job. It's not even a very good song. But it WAS a soulful one when sung by the great Gladys Knight. She's been singing it for 48 years at every concert. That means thousands of more times than Barbara Streusel. Gladys had a hit record with it too. Ignore what you like charlie. You hate Beyonce anyway. You're just being contrary. You're always wrong. 😘

I realize that Beyonce was chosen to honor Striezand because of her own great stardom and beauty. And she sang the song well. The Way We Were is not a difficult song to sing. Nice bridge, but nothing difficult. It is more difficult to make it dynamic and soulful. Gladys Knight does that. To this day.

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by Anonymousreply 8901/15/2021

[quote] And she did proud Mary for Tina's tribute, not Yolanda.

Which is why I said "respectively." Yolanda did "Reach Out and Touch" for Diana Ross.

Otherwise, I agree with what you said. Beyoncé has given better performances and she was nervous performing for her idol. But you're right, only Beyoncé could give Tina that proper tribute of "Proud Mary" that comes close to the spirit of Tina and the Ikettes.

I thought Angela Lansbury tribute to Bette Davis was better than the one she did for Kate Hepburn. But I guess that makes sense as she was friends with Bette Davis.

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by Anonymousreply 9001/15/2021

r89 The Way We Were is Barbra Streisand's signature song. Everybody knows that song. Gladys did a great job covering it, but Barbra's version is the only one in the public's consciousness. It's been famous for nearly 50 years.

by Anonymousreply 9101/15/2021

r89 sweetheart Beyonce = RATINGS. That's why they had her do it.

by Anonymousreply 9201/15/2021

Large on the WHET list of Kennedy Center performers.

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by Anonymousreply 9301/15/2021

I apologize R84. I missed on the word "respectively." At least we BOTH agree that Beyonce is a great enough singer dancer and live performer to sing the hell out of Proud Mary. She could do it now just fine. She's done things even more stellar. Proud Mary is Tina's opus, but it's still from her Ike days and it's a showstopper partly because its both brazen a bit silly. There are other Tina Turner songs that Beyonce could never sing or perform well.

Bey's appearance at the KCH was at a transitional time in her career. She was venturing into film and leading lady parts, was one of the most beautiful women in the world and she's always said that she wanted to be as great a live performer as Tina, Michael and Prince. (she's since made it:) That Kennedy Center Stage doesn't really lend itself well that kind of raunchy funk and soulful female sexual abandon. She did okay, but I remember being disappointed. I have seen Tina Turner and Beyonce live in concert. A few times with Mrs. Carter. Proud Mary would be a mid show number for her now. Ha. She hasn't the depth and pain to her voice of Tina Turner, but she has beauty and artistry and irrational amounts of talent.

I gave away my 2 comp tickets to see Streisand in Montreal, 2006? Could have sold them for a lot of money, but I gave them to someone who loves her and whatever it is she does, to a song. I'd rather eat cheetos and watch a Celine concert on DVD. (in 2006, y'all understand:)

Heather Headley is a queen R93! Such a beautiful moment on the show. What do you mean WEHT to her? Not everyone becomes a recording star. Her voice is monumental. My sister from Trinidad. She's greater than most any singer she can pay tribute to. That's what happened. She's amazing. Fantasia was magic that night too. I guess you think that middlebrow taste is a great thing?

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by Anonymousreply 9401/15/2021

Beyonce has always been more of a media darling than a mass popular favorite. Similar to J Lopez.

by Anonymousreply 9501/15/2021

^ old white gay man.

Please google or wiki Beyonce R95. I haven't the time to list her record sales, grammy wins and concert receipts. How Lemonade is the best reviewed album of all time. How only Diana Ross had such success as a member of a group and then as a greater solo artist. How Beyonce ignited Black Lives Matter and played a part in political history. Your ignorance is impressive. Her measurable accomplishments and success are seismic in our lifetime. In sales, in prestige, in concert tours, (worldwide stadiums bitch) in changing how music is delivered and how the game is played. Beyonce is the vanguard of music culture. Naturally there is no one in her lane. Her talent is specific, once in a lifetime. She has done nothing but work to be better and more creative since the time she was a child. It's insane how much old white gays and MAGATs resent her. Her cultural influence is just as great as anyone mentioned on this thread and she's not quite 40 years old. Just cuz your saggy white ass doesn't know any of her music other than Single Ladies....can't make your sad preposterous statement true. Wow. What a fool. Don't equate Beyonce with JLo, ever.

by Anonymousreply 9601/15/2021

Please r96. Beyonce has always been more of a media-hyped darling than a mass audience favorite. Tina Turner and Diana Ross were the real deal, massively popular with the public. Their fame was organic, not mostly hype.

by Anonymousreply 9701/15/2021

[quote] in changing how music is delivered and how the game is played.

???? Beyonce had nothing to do with the technological changes in how people listen to music.

by Anonymousreply 9801/15/2021

[quote] Her cultural influence is just as great as anyone mentioned on this thread and she's not quite 40 years old.

Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Stevie Nicks had a much greater impact on the culture at large. Ross, especially.

by Anonymousreply 9901/15/2021

Old racists prefer the "black" women singers they deemed acceptable when they were young. At discos and bathhouses. They still like Donna Summer & Linda Ronstadt. Sometimes Aretha and Natalie Cole. Ancient white fags on datalounge are living deep in the bottle of the past. Look inside. You know nothing. R97, r98 and R99 are so embarrassingly incorrect about Beyonce that it makes me hope it's just ONE old drunk, multiple posting. 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃

by Anonymousreply 10001/15/2021

God you're nuts r100. I'm neither old nor drunk. But keep living in your fantasy world.

by Anonymousreply 10101/15/2021

No. I don't live in a fantasy world R101. I like in a much younger man's world. You were called out and have reacted as expected. You may not be drunk - but you're sure as fuck ARE old and racist. Beyonce could win a Kennedy Center honor tomorrow and they could spend the full two hours on her accomplishments and career highlights and contributions to what she cares about. She's at the start of the middle of her journey. She can make an ass shaking record at any time, but she has moved on to more complex forms as a woman and artist. Go see her live to experience it all. To say she is a product of media hype makes you sound crazy. Her achievements are measurable under any and every criteria. Have another soda water Gramps @ R101. 🥃🥃🥃 Beyonce can sing dude. Her vocal gifts are stellar. It's the music that changed. A young man like you should know that. 🔌

by Anonymousreply 10201/15/2021

I'm neither old nor drunk. Just saying that media hype has been a big part of Beyonce's popularity, rather than an organic, massive fanbase. Also, she's never been a superstar outside the US like Ross or Turner. Sorry, those are the facts.

by Anonymousreply 10301/15/2021

[quote]Beyonce can sing dude. Her vocal gifts are stellar.

She's a competent vocalist, but her voice is nothing great.

by Anonymousreply 10401/15/2021

Muriel needs to ban this "ancient white fags" poster permanently. I can't believe this garbage person is allowed on what's supposed to be an LGBT site. What a disgrace.

by Anonymousreply 10501/15/2021

Again you're wrong. I can no longer help you. R103. The tone of Bey's voice is not as pleasing as some other singers - but her vocal talents, range and technique are greater than many of the greats. And as for not having a worldwide fanbase, someone didn't do the research I assigned. Old white men. Drunk. You too fag @R105. You think you can call women cunts and black people niggers and make disparaging remarks out here because you were born in 1932? Nah, old white fag. You can't. You've chosen to make disparaging hate words acceptable here. Your kind is dying off, and is no longer acceptable here. I despise your ancient white racist ASS. Get back on your knees, to your white sheet glory hole gramps. Disgusting old man. Ban the RACIST WHITE FAGS!!!

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by Anonymousreply 10601/15/2021

Make love to me. 1+1. Beyoncé.

The number one concert artist worldwide. Three sold out stadium tours, around the world. Without a fanbase, ha.

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by Anonymousreply 10701/15/2021

The post @ r106 should be the last straw. Muriel needs to permanently ban this garbage person.

by Anonymousreply 10801/15/2021

Pretty Hurts. Listen to Beyonce. This is not her best song - she doesn't have any bad ones. It's important for other reasons. I should know.

May jesus visit healing to your troubled mind and body this night R108. Remove the rot from your holes and soul. Amen.

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by Anonymousreply 10901/15/2021

My bad. I thought this was a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Dolly totally deserves one.

Although, that honor has now turned to worthless shit.

Hopefully President Biden can come up with something new.

by Anonymousreply 11001/15/2021

Beyoncé sucks. Over-hyped bitch.

by Anonymousreply 11101/15/2021

You're welcome.

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by Anonymousreply 11201/15/2021

Beautiful in every way. Beyoncé

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by Anonymousreply 11301/15/2021

The return of the prime-time miniseries events! :D

by Anonymousreply 11401/15/2021

Christ, this homophobic Beyonce loon is tiresome. Almost as bad as Jabba.

by Anonymousreply 11501/15/2021

Cyndi Lauper

by Anonymousreply 11601/15/2021

David Byrne, though I dislike everything he did for decades since the Heads. Still, people do seem to like all that.

Jane Fonda will never ever get one unless she lives to see a left wing President and MAGATS are no more.

by Anonymousreply 11701/15/2021

Book Kelly Clarkson now, for Stevie Nicks tribute. This is beautiful. Kelly has that shimmer to her soprano - with just enough texture and rasp. The most versatile singer in the game. She pays homage to songs AND does her own thing with them. Great taste as a vocalist and what a voice she has to work with.

Remember when Jessica Simpson screwed up Nine to Five so badly at the Dolly Tribute? No, because they cut her out of the broadcast! She was freakishly terrible. Don't stunt cast the Kennedy Center tributes.

You can never go wrong with Kelly. Her voice is just too good.

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by Anonymousreply 11801/16/2021

Honestly, the acoustics outside that Concert Hall are probably better than inside it. That main Hall with the JFK head is one heck of a backdrop. It always gives me chills. And the terrace overlooking the Potomac River is pretty cool.

*Autocorrect wants me to change my "are" to "is." But that doesn't seem right?

by Anonymousreply 11901/16/2021

Dionne Warwick certainly deserves it. And Betty White does, too--a true artist of television and television only. She never did much else (some regional/touring musicals). But Betty is too old now, as I suspect Carol Channing was when they got around to her.

I still say Liza, Bette Midler, then Dionne really, really deserves it. Emmylou Harris is a great choice, too.

Soon we'll be into that group of movie stars like Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, etc. I suppose Patti will get it eventually. I read Harrison Ford somewhere, that's a good choice. So is Denzel.

I'm looking online now-- Alan Alda isn't bad, and certainly Burt Bachrach should get it! And Bob Newhart--wow, he should get it.

by Anonymousreply 12001/16/2021

Patti Labelle definitely.

by Anonymousreply 12101/16/2021

I wonder what Liza's physical/mental state is, she hasn't done any public appearances in years.

by Anonymousreply 12201/16/2021

Liza is being kept alive by Michael Feinstein and Michele Lee, who she refers to as MJ and Elizabeth.

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by Anonymousreply 12301/16/2021

^

"Recently we had a little party and I introduced Liza to Darren Criss and his fiancee Mia Swier, because Darren is a big Liza fan. "

by Anonymousreply 12401/16/2021

This may be why the Kennedy Center won't honor her. She's just too sad.

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by Anonymousreply 12501/16/2021

Miss Dunaway just turned 80 this week and is still waiting for her call from the Kennedy Center. Don't fuck with her, fellas.

by Anonymousreply 12601/16/2021

Martin Sheen, Harry Belafonte

by Anonymousreply 12701/17/2021

Is nothing sacred? Now, the Kennedy Center Honors is being reduced to a Zoom show?

by Anonymousreply 12801/17/2021

Two words. Miss Celine Dion! Give her the award now. James Corden can do a medley.

by Anonymousreply 12901/17/2021

Debbie Allen has earned twenty Emmy nominations, winning three. She has also been nominated for two Tony awards.

She has been working for the last decade acting in, producing and directing Grey's Anatomy. She also produced and directed A Different World and the movie Amistad for Steven Spielberg.

She has directed episodes of over thirty television shows.

She is also one of the most popular and influential choreographers working today. She had a decade long stint being the official choreographer for the Academy Awards. And her work with Fame, from the movie to the television show is iconic.

What has she done? THAT'S what she's done.

Honestly, as much as I like Liza, Debbie has a much more varied and established career. THAT'S why she's getting the Kennedy Center Honor.

by Anonymousreply 130Last Thursday at 12:57 PM

I read Debbie Allen's Wiki page too R130. Liza deserved the honor a long time ago. I don't mind Debbie Allen receiving it. She has a long list of accomplishments, but none of them are particularly prestigious.

Liza is not only a world renowned performer and one of the very few people to achieve the EGOT - she's a S*T*A*R* baby. Don't you forget it.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Thursday at 1:05 PM

Debbie Allen's resume isn't exactly worthy of a Kennedy Center Honor.

by Anonymousreply 132Last Thursday at 2:07 PM

I could show you several hard working career theater actors whose resumes put Debbie Allen's to shame. Just because she's done a lot doesn't make any of it good.

by Anonymousreply 133Last Thursday at 2:10 PM

Debbie Allen must know some people who give out the Kennedy Center Honors. She attends the event every year.

by Anonymousreply 134Last Thursday at 2:25 PM

Read her Wiki page R134. Debbie Allen is a maven of the arts and humanities. Very much involved.

Not the least of her achievements - she taught beautiful Will how to dance.....

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by Anonymousreply 135Last Thursday at 2:35 PM

She's not worthy of a KCH r135. Esp. when you consider some of the people who haven't had one yet.

by Anonymousreply 136Last Thursday at 2:37 PM

Dude, I already said that. Why are you so easily thrown off?

by Anonymousreply 137Last Thursday at 2:39 PM

The thing about Liza is that maybe they're worried she'll show up drunk or something.

by Anonymousreply 138Last Thursday at 2:40 PM

HI, GEORGIA!

by Anonymousreply 139Last Thursday at 2:42 PM

Oprah was high on crack when she received her Kennedy Centre Honour and Meryl was giving out Jersey girl blowjobs to Billy Joel's roadies in the mezzanine. She came back a year later to suck off Sting AND Trudie. Of course Liza would be drunk. The railing is high enough. Give her the damn necklace. She's no more shameful than the rest of them. Jimmy fucking rapist Page sat up in that box. Leonard Bernstein had a fist up inside him for the whole ceremony. Liza likes to drink and do a line or twelve. It's not like she has to sing. That she can't do. But she can sit and clap. (maybe)

by Anonymousreply 140Last Thursday at 2:53 PM

Do you like the clothes?!?!

by Anonymousreply 141Last Thursday at 2:55 PM

They should give one to Joni Mitchell

by Anonymousreply 142Last Thursday at 3:00 PM

The honorees have to show up in person and Joni Mitchell is in no shape to do that.

by Anonymousreply 143Last Thursday at 3:06 PM

I really wish they would add an Instagay category to the proceedings, kind of like when they had that spokesmodel category on Star Search.

by Anonymousreply 144Last Thursday at 3:12 PM

Joni Mitchell and Neil Young and Leonard Cohen all deserved the honor, long before they were in no shape to receive it. Their tunes just aren't catchy enough for CBS.

Those three, are actually too good for the Kennedy Center Honor. Joni Mitchell received a beautiful tribute all star televised tribute in 2003, another at the Songwriters Hall of fame in Canada and the one a few years ago in L.A. She showed up, in her wheelchair.

Patti Smith deserves the KCH too. But her work would be misrepresented in a 14 minute tribute on CBS. Billy Joel and Neil Diamond got about 40 fucking minutes AND a blowjob from Meryl.

Joni Mitchell smiles. Watch this.. you're welcome.

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by Anonymousreply 145Last Thursday at 3:16 PM

Why would Leonard Cohen be eligible, isn’t he Canadian? Next thing you know they’ll be acknowledging Michael J. Fox or Alanis Morrisette. Wait, Young and Mitchell are Canadian too? Why are these foreigners being regaled when I’m sure there are plenty of Americans who haven’t been acknowledged. Kate Jackson is rotting at home in a hoarding nightmare of her own devising and doesn’t have one of these amongst her stuff.

by Anonymousreply 146Last Thursday at 3:26 PM

Oh great. A Beybot. I guess that was bound to happen.

by Anonymousreply 147Last Thursday at 3:26 PM

What about US!! When is it our time to shine?

by Anonymousreply 148Last Thursday at 3:27 PM

Ignorance puts itself on display, endlessly on Datalounge, huh R146. Hey. Many non Americans have received the Kennedy Center Honor. Too many to remember or list. Start with some Russians and the Brits and then move on to Canada and the Caribbean. Many many many. You're more than just culturally ignorant it seems R146? You must be a keyboard warrior from red state america! Congratulations on your stupidity.

by Anonymousreply 149Last Thursday at 3:38 PM

What's a Beybot? Is that like a Barbaric Striezand fag? Cuz they are the worst. Barbara is already forgotten, if not yet dead. Never met a song she couldn't ruin with her ego. Nancy Sinatra has more followers than Barbric Streusel. It's true. So does Bette, Cher, Reba, Celine and dead Whitney. Above them all is Dolly Parton. Streizand really is a dead and forgotten talent. She had a beautiful instrument, but oy, she's gross as a singer.

Everyone can appreciate Beyonce. Her talents are dazzling and undeniable. They may not love her, but to say she isn't outrageously talented is racism or stupidity. What decade did you last participate in - to still call people stans and bots R147?

by Anonymousreply 150Last Thursday at 3:58 PM

At least the honors are back. The US is slowly getting back to normal.

The orange imbecile sure tried his hardest to appeal to his rancid low-rent base, people with little interest in culture, their main interests seemed to be hating others and guns.

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by Anonymousreply 151Last Thursday at 10:38 PM

From last year:

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by Anonymousreply 152Last Friday at 2:03 AM

Melania was on the Board of Directors too. She didn't give a f.

by Anonymousreply 153Last Friday at 5:06 AM

People bitching about Debbie Allen. What the fuck has Liza done in the last thirty years other than marry a gay man and show up shitfaced on television numerous times?

And how did she ever get a Grammy? The woman released a handful of studio albums at most and only one charted.

by Anonymousreply 154Last Friday at 5:02 PM

Liza's celebrity and body of work is definitely worthy.

by Anonymousreply 155Last Friday at 5:03 PM

Bitch please. She stole my fucking oscar.

by Anonymousreply 156Last Friday at 5:04 PM

Liza deserved that Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 157Last Friday at 5:14 PM

Years ago on SNL Nora Dunn did a game show parody called "Make Joan Baez Laugh."

by Anonymousreply 158Last Friday at 5:14 PM

Carly Simon

by Anonymousreply 159Last Friday at 5:28 PM

Faye Dunaway deserves the honor.

by Anonymousreply 160Last Saturday at 10:21 AM

Kevin Kline. He's so good in every movie and deserves to be appreciated.

by Anonymousreply 161Last Sunday at 5:41 AM

Kind of shocking that Francis Ford Coppola never received it.

I think Burt Bacharach will receive it before Dionne Warwick, even though the two are synonymous with each other.

by Anonymousreply 162Last Sunday at 12:07 PM
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