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*Al Green is set to take his place among the artists chosen for the annual 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

The R&B crooner will be recognized alongside fellow honorees Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride.

The event, taking place on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, will feature performances and appearances by big names from Hollywood and the arts. The honorees, who will be seated with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, are recognized for “their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts,” and they are chosen by the Center’s Board of Trustees.

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”

The event will take place on Dec. 7, but will air Dec. 30 on CBS from 9-11 p.m.