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2006 Kennedy Center Honors Artistic Achievement

by Natasha T. Metzler

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2006 Kennedy Center Honor Recipients (L-R) Composer Andrew Lloyd

Webber, Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Country Songbird Dolly Parton,

Conductor Zubin Mehta and R&B Recording Artist Smokey Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- From Hollywood to Dollywood, Motown to Broadway, a select group of stars from the film, stage and music worlds received recognition on Sunday, December 3 for a Lifetime of Achievement in the Performing Arts. CBS will broadcast the show on Tuesday, December 26 at 9 p.m. EST.

At an evening gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, fellow entertainers and artists celebrated the careers of the five honorees. Movie director Steven Spielberg, singers Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta were feted as members of the 29th Annual Class of Kennedy Center honorees.

During the ceremony, singer Aretha Franklin spoke about Robinson's contributions to music. "This beautiful, kind, kind man wrote and sang poetically and unselfconsciously about love . . . redefining popular music in the '60s, using the connective power of song to break down the barriers of black and white," Franklin said.

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Symphony Conductor Zubin Mehta and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

Mehta was described by violinist Itzhak Perlman as "what we call in Yiddish a mensch"

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