A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... it would be difficult to imagine a lineup of artists quite like this.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says Star Wars creator George Lucas, groundbreaking actresses Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson, singer Carole King, rock band the Eagles and acclaimed music director Seiji Ozawa will receive this year's Kenned Center Honors.
The diverse group announced Wednesday (July 15) includes six honorees this year. In the past, the Kennedy Center has honored five each year. Organizers said they didn't want to pass up the chance to honor any of these artists with the national award for influencing American culture through the arts.
The Kennedy Center Honors culminates in a gala performance Dec. 6 in Washington, featuring top entertainers. The show will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.