Carlos Santana is being celebrated for his American influence…
The 66-year-old Mexico-born musician has been selected as one of the honorees for the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts – whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television – and are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees.
“From his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions,” says Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
In 2003 Rolling Stone listed Santana at number 20 on the magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He’s won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.
In addition to Santana, actress Shirley MacLaine, pianist/singer/songwriter Billy Joel, opera singer Martina Arroyo and pianist/band leader/composer Herbie Hancock will also be honored.
“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” said Rubenstein.
The annual event at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been broadcast on CBS every year since its debut 36 years ago.
This year’s broadcast will air on Sunday, December 29, from 9:00 – 11:00 pm ET.