Dolly Parton Selected for Kennedy Center Honors

Dolly Parton and Motown legend William “Smokey” Robinson will be honored alongside musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, classical conductor Zubin Mehta and filmmaker Steven Spielberg during the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The Kennedy Center Honors will be presented Dec. 2 during a dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the State Department. A concert and gala will take place Dec. 3 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In announcing this year’s honorees, Kennedy Center chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman said, “Dolly Parton’s creativity and spirit make her country music’s best international ambassador.” The gala and concert will be taped for later broadcast on CBS.