It was finally decided who the top five individuals would be. And they got a standing ovation at the gala held at the Kennedy Center. President Obama was there too. "The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
The 2013 Kennedy Center Honors went to: opera queen Martina Arroyo, musician Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and last but not least, the Mexican artist Carlos Santana. The occasion was the 36th yearly festival of the arts. These fantastic five were not only the best of the best in their respective fields, but they made the cultural landscape of America richer by their individual contributions.
Martina Arroyo made opera a household world with her special vocal skills. And Herbie Hancock virtually revolutionized jazz and the sphere of improvised music. As for Billy Joel, he created pop music that was really entertaining and will continue to entertain generations of Americans.
Meanwhile, Shirley MacLaine has made movies that bedazzle the audiences and she has been in the industry for 60 years. "The remarkable breadth and range of Shirley MacLaine's acting has left an indelible impression over a nearly 60-year career on stage and screen," added Rubenstein.
Finally, Carlos Santana is a Mexican artist and singer having millions of fans. These wonderful people have been heaped with praise by not only America but the rest of the world for the valuable endowments they gave to various art forms. President Obama along with the First Lady honored all five artists and spoke of how they changed America for the better.