Award Winners Kennedy Center Honor Winners List

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List of Kennedy Center Honor winners from every year the award has been given out. All Kennedy Center Honor winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Kennedy Center Honor award are listed along with photos for every Kennedy Center Honor winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Kennedy Center Honor award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Kennedy Center Honor are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Kennedy Center Honor winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Kennedy Center Honor winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Kennedy Center Honor winners of all time. Anybody who won the Kennedy Center Honor usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Kennedy Center Honor-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Kennedy Center Honor, so most of the famous Kennedy Center Honor winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Kennedy Center Honor?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You're able to copy this list to make your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. This list includes Brian Wilson, Jason Robards and more items. (183 items)

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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...more

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Adolph Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Adolph Green was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as ...more

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Agnes de Mille is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Agnes Demille was the daughter of William C. DeMille.

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Alan Jay Lerner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alan Jay Lerner was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical ...more

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Alexander Schneider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alexander Schneider was a violinist, conductor, and educator. Born to a Lithuanian Jewish family in Vilnius, Lithuania, he later moved to the United States as a member of the Budapest String ...more

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Alexandra Danilova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Aleksandra Dionisyevna Danilova was a Russian-born prima ballerina, who became an American citizen. In 1989, she was recognized for lifetime achievements in ballet as a Kennedy Center Honoree.

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Alvin Ailey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and ...more

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Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alwin Nikolais was an American choreographer.

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards ...more

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He ...more

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE is an Anglo-Irish-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, and films. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the ...more

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Antony Tudor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Antony Tudor was an English ballet choreographer, teacher and dancer.

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

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Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Arthur Asher Miller was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons, The Crucible and A ...more

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Arthur Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Arthur Mitchell is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem. Among other ...more

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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Arthur Rubinstein, KBE was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many regard him as the ...more

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
B.B. King is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ...more

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Barbara Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Barbara Cook is an American singer and actress who first came to prominence in the 1950s after starring in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy, Candide and The Music Man among others, ...more

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Barbra Joan Streisand is an American singer, songwrighter, actress, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer, and activist. During a career spanning six decades, she ...more

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Benny Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the ...more

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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of ...more

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Ruth Elizabeth Davis, known as Bette Davis, was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in cinema history, she was noted for her willingness ...more

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Betty Comden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Betty Comden was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway ...more

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Beverly Sills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Beverly Sills was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s. Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was ...more

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by ...more

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Bill T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Bill T. Jones is an American artistic director, choreographer and dancer. Jones has received numerous awards for his work and is the co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more

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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS, was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope ...more

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys.

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen ...more

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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
George "Buddy" Guy is an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of the Chicago blues and has influenced blues guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Eric ...more

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on ...more

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Cary Grant was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and "dashing good looks", Grant ...more

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch ...more

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

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Chita Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Chita Rivera is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theatre. She is the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center ...more

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Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Claudette Colbert was a French-born American actress, and a leading lady for two decades. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent ...more

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio ...more

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping ...more

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Danny Kaye is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Danny Kaye was an American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs. Kaye starred in 17 movies, ...more

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Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
David Warren "Dave" Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including ...more

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. ...more

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Marie Dionne Warrick, known as Dionne Warwick, is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a ...more

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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz ...more

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer ...more

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He ...more

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Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Edward Franklin Albee III is an American playwright who is known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. His works are considered well-crafted, often ...more

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Edward Villella is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Edward Villella, New York, is a danseur and choreographer, frequently cited as America's most celebrated male dancer of ballet at the time. Villella was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of ...more

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more