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List of National Medal of Arts winners from every year the award has been given out. All National Medal of Arts winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the National Medal of Arts award are listed along with photos for every National Medal of Arts winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the National Medal of Arts award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the National Medal of Arts are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of National Medal of Arts winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of National Medal of Arts winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known National Medal of Arts winners of all time. Anybody who won the National Medal of Arts usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the National Medal of Arts-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the National Medal of Arts, so most of the famous National Medal of Arts 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 National Medal of Arts?" 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 can use this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use regularly. This list has everything from Henry E. Steinway to Gene Kelly. (29 items)
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
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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 Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records and began a musical partnership with harmonica player Junior Wells. Guy was ranked 50th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Guy's autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, was released on May 8, 2012. ...more

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Doc Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
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Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Watson's flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded. He performed with his son, guitarist Merle Watson, for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985 in an accident on the family farm. ...more

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Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
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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 realistic examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflect a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, and Jean Genet. Younger American playwrights, such as Paula Vogel, credit Albee's daring mix of theatricality and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post-war American theatre in the early 1960s. Albee continues to experiment in works such as The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?. ...more

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list National Medal of Arts Winners List
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Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. After tumultuous teenage years, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with performances on many stages in the Harlem area, including her rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" that helped boost her to fame. In 1942, Fitzgerald left the amateur performances behind, signed a deal with Decca Records, and started her solo career by redefining the art of scat singing. It was not until her manager, ...more

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