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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 (; November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to ...more

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Adolph Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most ...more
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Agnes de Mille is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Agnes George de Mille (September 18, 1905 – October 7, 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer.
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Alan Jay Lerner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most ...more

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Alexander Schneider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Abraham Alexander Schneider (21 October 1908 – 2 February 1993) was a violinist, conductor, and educator. Born to a Lithuanian Jewish family in Vilnius, Lithuania, he later moved to the United ...more
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Alexandra Danilova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Aleksandra Dionisyevna Danilova (Russian: Александра Дионисьевна Данилова; November 20, 1903 – July 13, 1997) was a Russian-born prima ballerina, who became an American citizen. In 1989, she was ...more
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Alvin Ailey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most ...more
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Alwin Nikolais is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Alwin Nikolais (November 25, 1910 in Southington, Connecticut – May 8, 1993) 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, (; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. His career was three-pronged. ...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 (born 22 March 1948) is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West ...more

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury (born October 16, 1925) is a British-American-Irish actress who has appeared in theatre, television, and film. Her career has spanned eight decades, much of it in the ...more

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Antony Tudor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Antony Tudor (4 April 1908 – 19 April 1987) 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 (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New ...more

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Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist, and a controversial figure in the twentieth-century American theater. Among his most popular ...more

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Arthur Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Arthur Mitchell (March 27, 1934 – September 19, 2018) was an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and founder and director of ballet companies. In 1955, he was the first African-American ...more
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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Arthur Rubinstein (Polish: Artur Rubinstein; 28 January 1887 – 20 December 1982) was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music ...more

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a ...more

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Barbara Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Barbara Cook (October 25, 1927 – August 8, 2017) was an American actress and singer who first came to prominence in the 1950s as the lead in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy ...more
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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of ...more

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Benny Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. With Johnny Hodges, he was a pioneer on the ...more
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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular ...more

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (; April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of ...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 (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) 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, ...more
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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Kennedy Center Honor Winners List
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