2014 Kennedy Center Honor Recipients Range from a Ballerina to a Feminist Comedian

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It's been said more than once that Tom Hanks is an American treasure, and soon that title will become all the more official. Tom Hanks is among the five 2014 Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Each year the gala celebrates individuals who have made major contributions to the performing arts in the U.S. Alongside Hanks will be Lily Tomlin, Al Green, Sting, and Patricia McBride. Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein explained, "The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world." Also attending and presenting at the ceremony in Washington, D.C. will be none other than the President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama.

This year's honorees are exceptionally varied in their achievements. From a gifted ballerina to a comedian who smashed the stereotypes of women in comedy since the day she stepped on stage, the class of 2014 are quite the accomplished group. Let's take a look at these remarkable artists and look forward to the airing of the ceremony on Dec. 30. Enjoy!

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