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Queen Latifah And Dionne Warwick Are 2023 Kennedy Center Honorees

The Kennedy Center announced that the "First Lady of Hip-Hop" Queen Latifah, Billy Crystal, Bee Gees member Barry Gibb, "America's Soprano" Renée Fleming, Dionne Warwick, will all be honored during this year’s ceremony in Washington, D.C. Gloria Estefan will return to host the ceremony. 

Queen Latifah made a statement about the honor,

“I’m humbled to be included in this incredible list of artists honored by the Kennedy Center. When we started on this journey decades ago, we were often told, 'No.' No, you won’t be able to leave New Jersey. No, if you rap you can’t sing," “No, singers can’t become actresses. No, actors can’t also produce. To now be recognized amongst so many multi-hyphenates feels unbelievable, not for just me and my team, but for our community. The work the Kennedy Center does is immeasurable so I’m beyond grateful for this recognition."

Dionne Warwick also made a statement,

"I’m exceptionally happy to be honored by the Kennedy Center. It’s very exciting to be recognized for my contributions to the music industry for the past 60 years,"

The 46th annual Kennedy Center Honors will take place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3, and will broadcast on CBS and Paramount+ at at later date. 

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