Tuesday night was dedicated to the legends of the music that makes our souls sing the soul. In a legendary ceremony, artists Sonny Rollins and Neil Diamond have been honored by the Kennedy Center.
For a lot of people the Kennedy Center Honors is one of their favorite shows of the year. Yesterday’s ceremony aired on CBS from 9 p.m. and brought people in front of their TVs celebrities and legend stars saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, singer and Tony winner Barbara Cook and Meryl Streep. All of them have been honored by the Kennedy Center for their careers.
Saxophone legend Sonny Rollins brought jazz into our hearts and the Kennedy Center Honors event was just one of the best ways to recognize his amazing career and activity in the music industry throughout the years.
Former President Bill Clinton gave the toast saluting Rollins for his success and skill in exploring the “far reaches of the possibilities of what has lovingly been called the devil’s horn”. He added that Rollins’ “music can bend your mind, it can break your heart, and it can make you laugh out loud”.
Clinton ended his speech saying: “I have thought so much about his unique gifts. He has done things with improvisation that really no one has ever done. In complexity and creativity, he rivals Coltrane”.
Sonny Rollins said: “I am deeply appreciative of this great honor. In honoring me, the Kennedy Center honors jazz, America’s classical music. For that, I am very grateful”.
But Neil Diamond’s tribute was by far the most spectacular. He was honored by Smokey Robinson singing “Sweet Caroline”, accompanied by Red Sox team mascot Wally the Green Monster, Red Sox championship banners and singing fans in a replica Fenway bleacher section.
Lionel Ritchie also took part in the tribute for Neil Diamond singing “I am…I said”, while Jennifer Nettles voiced the hit “Hello” and Raphael Saadiq entertained the audience with a medley of “You Got Me,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” and “Cherry, Cherry”.
The tributes paid to singers, only made actress Meryl Streep leaving The Kennedy Center Honors wishing she was a musician too.