Carlos Santana to Receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award

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The Honors Gala will air on CBS on Sunday, December 29th at 9:00pm(ET/PT).

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the selection of the five individuals who will receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. Carlos Santana will be one of the five recipients to be honored at the 36th Annual National Celebration of the Arts.  Other honorees selected are: opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer, Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter,Billy Joel; and actress Shirley MacLaine.

The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the nation’s cultural year, and its 2-hour primetime special broadcast on CBS is a high point of the television season. On Sunday, December 8, in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by George Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens, the 2013 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.

Multi Grammy award winner Carlos Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. Santana was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998); and, the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009).  Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Chairman of the Board of the Kennedy Center David M. Rubenstein said, “The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world… from his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions.”

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast and aired on Sunday, December 29th at 9:00pm(ET/PT).

— Annabella Campos