Renée Fleming Among Honorees of 46th Kennedy Center Honors

By David Salazar

Famed soprano Renée Fleming will be among those honored at the 46th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievements.

“How thrilling to join the company of legendary artists who have received this recognition. This award demonstrates the richness and range of the performing arts in our country, and the Kennedy Center’s celebration is a powerful expression of our culture. Music has defined the arc of my life, giving voice to an introverted child, taking me to places I never dreamed of visiting and people I never dreamed of meeting. Most of all, it has shown me the enormous potential for healing and joy that the arts offer everyone. Having looked with awe at the Honorees in that box at the Kennedy Center Opera House, I’m incredibly grateful to think I will be among them,” Fleming said in an official press statement.

Fleming, celebrated as one of the world’s greatest singers, has graced prestigious opera houses and concert halls. A recipient of five Grammy Awards and the U.S. National Medal of Arts, she has performed for notable events like the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the Diamond Jubilee Concert. Fleming made history as the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Her diverse career spans collaborations with artists from different genres and her advocacy for arts and health research. During the 2023-24 season she will perform at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, La Jolla Music Society, Salzburg Festival, and Verbier Festival, among others.

She joins a group that also includes actor and comedian Billy Crystal;  British singer-songwriter producer, and member of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb; rapper, singer, and actress Queen Latifah; and singer Dionne Warwick.

The event will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 27, 2023. It will also stream on Paramount+.