Oprah Winfrey, singer/songwriter Paul McCartney, country legend Merle Haggard, composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, and director and choreographer Bill T. Jones will be this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, presented to performing artists for their lifetime contributions to American culture.
Winfrey is being honored for her decades in entertainment as an influential actress, talk show host and media mogul, while McCartney is being recognized for his tremendous contribution to the music industry. The ex-Beatle was to receive the honor in 2002 but had to postpone due to scheduling conflicts.
Past recipients of the Kennedy kudos include Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg and Dolly Parton.
The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors take place Dec. 5, and a two-hour special will air Dec. 28 on CBS.