Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, & Bette Midler Among 2021 Kennedy Center Honorees

Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, & Bette Midler Among 2021 Kennedy Center Honorees

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the selection of five honorees who will receive the 44th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements.

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell; Motown founder, songwriter, producer, and director Berry Gordy; legendary stage and screen icon Bette Midler; operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz, and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels are the 2021 honorees.

The recipients will be honored in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage in Washington, D.C., on December 5.

The Honors recipients are recognized for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

“This year’s Honorees represent the unifying power of the Arts and surely remind us of that which binds us together as human beings. These artists are equal parts genius, inspiration, and entertainment,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.

She added, “After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on December 5th, feting these extraordinary people and welcoming audiences back to our campus.”

(Berry Gordy Photo: Kal Yee, TGC Management; Bette Midler Photo: Courtesy of the Artist; Joni Mitchell Photo: Marcy Gensic)

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