Eagles, Mavis Staples And James Taylor To Be Honored At Kennedy Center Honors

The Eagles, Mavis Staples and James Taylor will be honored by the John F Kennedy Center For Perfoming Arts on December 4 in recognition of their contribution to American culture through the arts. Also receiving the honor is actor Al Pacino and pianist Martha Argerich.

The Eagles were to take part last year, but changed their plans as a result of Glenn Frey’s poor health. He died weeks after the 2015 event took place.

Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter says: “You could say all of them are overdue, or all of them are exactly at the right moment. “We have a great opportunity to recognise people who are still active, and have accomplished so much.”

Don Henley said in March that the Eagles were over, and that their tribute set to Frey at this year’s Grammys featuring Jackson Browne had been their final appearance. Mavis Staples won this year’s Grammy for Best American Roots Performance.