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Do the Kennedy Center Honors rise to the level of a British Knighthood or the French National Order of the Legion of Honour?

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television, for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The Honors have been presented annually since 1978 in Washington, D.C., during gala weekend-long events that culminate in a performance honoring the Honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

There is a list of the people it has honored and its history are included here:
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/history.cfm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Center_Honors

Its website states
"The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts."
After viewing the list please share your thoughts as to who you would like to see honored.

You can also comment on who should NOT have received this award.

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  • Jul 8 2013: The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts........ by those standards, I dont think anyone should win. :)

    And if you don't think that's amusing you have not had them long enough like the knighthood to know better :)
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      Jul 8 2013: Well, considering that Paul McCartney has received both honors you will have to explain yourself further.
      Is this a slight to "American culture?"
      • Jul 9 2013: Theodore, is not a slight on American culture, it's a slight on the whole principle, and the way the US seems to think it needs and equivalent.

        And if you'd seen some that had got knighthoods for their "valiant" works, you'd realize that any value probably dissipated in the dark ages.

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