Earth Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt top list of Kennedy Center honorees

Earth, Wind and Fire and Linda Ronstadt head this year's list of artists receiving the Kennedy Center Honors.

The two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are joined by actress Sally Field and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition, for just the second time, a work, as opposed to a person or group, will be honored: The children's TV series Sesame Steeet, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, will join the stage musical Hamilton on this exclusive list. 

According to the New York Times, when Ronstadt's agent told her she was a Kennedy Center honoree, she thought there was a mistake. "I was a little surprised; I thought I had enough awards... I think maybe sometimes they give you an award for getting to be 73."

The gala for this year's honorees will be held on December 8th. Unlike in recent years, CBS will air the program before Christmas, on December 15th.  

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