The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.
They have been presented since 1978, culminating each December in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.
“Growing up in Detroit, I was not only Black but the ‘black sheep’ of my family,” Berry shared in a statement of the honor. “I was a failure at everything I did until I was 29 years old… The Arts not only give voice to the voiceless, but connect us, transform us, and soothe our souls. The Kennedy Center Honors epitomizes the recognition and value of both the Arts, and the Artist.”
Bette added in her own, “I am profoundly touched by this honor, in fact, I am stunned and grateful beyond words. For many years I have watched this broadcast celebrating the best talent in the performing arts that America has to offer, and I truly never imagined that I would find myself among these swans.”