The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will honor comedian Jay Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation's top award for humor, according to the Associated Press.
National Medal of Arts recipient Renée Fleming, 54, has become an ever-more-widely recognized ambassador for opera and the art of singing in recent years. The four-time Grammy winner, frequently called the "people's diva," enjoys mixing things up and venturing into new territory, such as her recent vocal rendering of David Letterman's Top 10 List. Now Fleming is taking the ambassador role a huge step further with American Voices - a festival of performances, master sessions and symposia November 22-24 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. It will be filmed for a future PBS special, but the talks, performances and Q&A sessions will be available for viewing on the Kennedy Center website right away.
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