A December tradition, the Kennedy Center Honors was moved to May due to restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

The five artists being honoured in the 2020 KCH feature award winners that include an actor, a dancer, and three musicians.

The Kennedy Center Honors pays tribute to members of the entertainment world for their lifetime of artistic achievement.

Highlighting a week of events is a medallion ceremony and live performances on May 17, the Kennedy Center has a week’s worth of events planned with limited audience attendance.

Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein spoke on the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honorees saying, “the Kennedy Center Honors serves as a moment to celebrate the remarkable artists who have spent their lives elevating the cultural history of our nation and world.  Debbie Allen moves seamlessly between artistic disciplines and is a cultural ambassador for all while having a monumental impact on dancers of color everywhere; folk icon Joan Baez breathed new life into the genre and powered rock music’s turn toward social and political consciousness; as one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Garth Brooks heightened country music’s profile like no other singer before him; with an international presence for over 35 years, violinist Midori combines graceful precision and expression for performances building connections between art and the human experience; with a charm that has made him one of the most cherished performers in show business history, Dick Van Dyke has brought us beloved film, stage, and TV characters adored by generations of fans, for more than seven decades.”

Many fans will recognize Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in the hit television series “Fame”.  But Allen has also appeared on a number of television shows; as well as the Broadway stage.

Joan Baez is a folk music icon who has been the voice of social consciousness for many years.

Country music icon and legend Garth Brooks not only has a room full of trophies; he also leads the way when it comes to Diamond Awards for albums selling at least 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Violinist Midori has been entertaining Classical music fans for over 30 years with her graceful precision and expressive performances.

Award winning actor Dick Van Dyke has been entertaining audiences on stage and screen for over 60 years.