- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2003

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bestows its annual honors this weekend on musician James Brown, actress Carol Burnett, director Mike Nichols, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. Said Kennedy Center Chairman James A. Johnson: “We honor one of the most influential musicians of the last 50 years, a nationally treasured icon of television comedy, a singer whose name is synonymous with the heartbreak and joy of country music, an extraordinary director whose career has been equally brilliant in the theater and on film, and a classical superstar of unsurpassed artistic achievement.” n The five accept their awards tomorrow evening at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Colin Powell. On Sunday, the five artists will be received at the White House by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush prior to the gala at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, where they will be saluted by performing artists from around the world. The 26th annual gala will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Dec. 26 on CBS affiliates.

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