In all the years that I've covered the Kennedy Center Honors, this was a first for me. I just recommended a performer for the honor.
You can, too.
The recipients are usually announced in September and honored in early December. CBS airs the awards telecast in late December, and it's usually the classiest awards show, filled with thoughtful appreciations and grand musical numbers. The recipients just listen; they do not speak.
My pick is Linda Ronstadt, because she has been incredibly influential in a wide range of musical styles. She helped make the great American standards popular with new generations.
It's really smart of the Kennedy Center to ask the public for suggestions for this most prestigious prize.
Last year's honorees were Shirley MacLaine, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Billy Joel and opera singer Martina Arroyo.