Another one of my goosebumps moments – the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the national anthem for the Kennedy Center Honorees at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 6, 2009.
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President Obama Celebrates Kennedy Center Honorees from White House on Vimeo.

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Kennedy Center Honorees (L-R) Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen laugh at a joke by Brooks as they are introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama at a reception at the White House in Washington December 6, 2009. ———-REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

From the Washington Post:

Honorees? The Center Takes Five
Springsteen, Brubeck Lead 2009′s Quintet
By Jacqueline Trescott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Start spinning “Born in the U.S.A.” The Kennedy Center unfolded its 2009 roster of five Kennedy Center honorees Wednesday, led by two quintessential leaders of the bands, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Brubeck.

Also to be honored this year, the center announced, are actor Robert De Niro, writer-director Mel Brooks and opera singer Grace Bumbry.

All are American-born innovative artists, whose careers have indisputably thrilled millions of fans for decades.

Complete article at link above.

Shanti over at W.E.E. See You, did a fabulous writeup of Opera Singer Grace Bumbry. Check it out.

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Kennedy Center honoree Mel Brooks stands for the National Anthem at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Kennedy Center honoree Dave Brubeck stands for the National Anthem at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Kennedy Center honoree opera singer Grace Bumbry stands and sings the National Anthem at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Kennedy Center honoree Robert De Niro stands for the National Anthem at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa stand for the National Anthem at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand for the National Anthem at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (C) are applauded as they arrive for the national anthem with Kennedy Center Honorees at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 6, 2009. Also pictured is Vice President Joe Biden (R). ——REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama leaves the East Room with First Lady Michelle Obama after a ceremony for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama (3R) waves to the crowd as first lady Michelle Obama and honorees (L-R) Mel Brooks and Bruce Springsteen, along with Vice President Joe Biden, applaud during the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors in the president’s box at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The group was gatheredfor the taping of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors tribute program to be aired December 29th.
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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 06: Opera great Denyse Graves attends the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors at an East Room reception in the White House December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The group was gathered for the taping of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors tribute program to be aired December 29th.
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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 06: Film director Martin Scorsese attends the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors at an East Room reception in the White House December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The group was gathered for the taping of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors tribute program to be aired December 29th.
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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 06: (AFP OUT) Caroline Kennedy attends the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors at an East Room reception in the White House December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The group was gathered for the taping of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors tribute program to be aired December 29th.
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Patti Scialfa, wife of Bruce Springsteen, takes her seat at the event where President Barack Obama honored Kennedy Center honorees Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, and Robert De Niro in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Aretha Franklin speaks to a guest before the event with President Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, and Robert De Niro in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. The entertainers are being honored at the Kennedy Center later in the evening.
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Sting, left, and his wife Trudie Stylier look for their seats at the event with President Barack Obama and Kennedy Center honorees Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, and Robert De Niro in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov takes his seat at the event with President Barack Obama to honor Kennedy Center honorees, Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, and Robert De Niro, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 06: Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower pose for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Former Kennedy Center honoree Aretha Franklin walks the red carpet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, in Washington.
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The 2009 Kennedy Center Honors will be presented this weekend to Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen. The Honors will be broadcast on CBS, Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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