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Monday, February 13, 2012

National Medal of Arts

Medal of Arts, image from Wikipedia.org

On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama gave the Medal of Arts to the eight 2011 recipients including singer/songwriter Mel Tillis and classical pianist André Watts. The award was established by Congress in 1984 to be selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and be awarded by the President. It is given to artists and art patrons who are, as the site says, “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.” Nearly 300 artists in areas from dance, film, design, architecture, literature, music, painting, sculpture, theater, and more have been given the honor over its 26-year history. Here is a list of the music-related recipients from 1985 to 2011:

  • Maurice Abravanel (1991)
  • Roy Acuff (1991)
  • Licia Albanese (1995)
  • Marian Anderson (1986)
  • Eddy Arnold (2000)
  • Harry Belafonte (1994)
  • William Bolcom (2006)
  • Dave Brubeck (1994)
  • Sarah Caldwell (1996)
  • Cab Calloway (1993)
  • Benny Carter (1993)
  • Betty Carter (1997)
  • Elliott Carter Jr. (1985)
  • Johnny Cash (2001)

    Johnny Cash receives the Medal of Arts from President Bush, image from bbc.co.uk

  • Ray Charles (1993)
  • Van Cliburn (2010)
  • Aaron Copland (1986)
  • John O. Crosby (1991)
  • Celia Cruz (1994)
  • Dorothy DeLay (1994)
  • James DePriest (2005)
  • David Diamond (1995)
  • Fats Domino (1998)
  • Paquito D’Rivera (2005)
  • Bob Dylan (2009)
  • Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (1998)
  • Fisk Jubilee Singers (2008)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1987)
  • Carlisle Floyd (2004)
  • Aretha Franklin (1999)

    President Bush awards Aretha Franklin the Medal of Arts, image from bet.com

  • Dizzy Gillespie (1989)
  • Francis Goelet (1988)
  • Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero (1996)
  • Buddy Guy (2003)
  • Lionel Hampton (1996)
  • Kitty Carlisle Hart (1991)
  • Marilyn Horne (1992)
  • Vladimir Horowitz (1989)
  • George Jones (2002)
  • Henry “Hank” Jones (2008)
  • Quincy Jones (2010)
  • Gene Kelly (1994)
  • B.B. King (1990)

    1990 Medal of Arts recipient B.B. King, image from longshotsblues.files.wordpress.com

  • Erich Kunzel (2006)
  • Morten Lauridsen (2007)
  • James Levine (1997)
  • Alan Lomax (1986)
  • Yo-Yo Ma (2001)
  • Wynton Marsalis (2005)
  • Lydia Mendoza (1999)
  • Robert Merrill (1993)
  • Bill Monroe (1995)
  • Rita Moreno (2009)
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir (2003)
  • Jessye Norman (2009)
  • Odetta (1999)
  • Dolly Parton (2005)

  • Les Paul (2007)
  • Minnie Pearl (1992)
  • Itzhak Perlman (2000)
  • Roberta Peters (1998)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band (2008)
  • The Presser Foundation (2008)
  • Leontyne Price (1985)
  • Tito Puento (1997)
  • Smokey Robinson (2002)
  • Sonny Rollins (2010)
  • William Schuman (1987)
  • Earl Scruggs (1992)
  • Pete Seeger (1994)

  • Rudolf Serkin (1988)
  • Robert Shaw (1992)
  • Richard Sherman (2008)
  • Robert Sherman (2008)
  • Beverly Sills (1990)
  • Leonard Slatkin (2003)
  • Stephen Sondheim (1996)
  • Ralph Stanley (2006)
  • Isaac Stern (1991)
  • George Strait (2003)
  • Barbra Streisand (2000)
  • Billy Taylor (1992)
  • James Taylor (2010)
  • Michael Tilson Thomas (1988)
  • Mel Tillis (2011)

    President Barack Obama awards singer Mel Tillis the Medal of Arts, image from zimbio.com

  • University of Idaho Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (2007)
  • Doc Watson (1997)
  • Andre Watts (2011)
  • John Williams (2009)

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