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Kennedy Center Honors To Be Blue On TV

The Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast on network television December 30. They hold special meaning to Blues fans this year inasmuch as the following Blues musicians were involved in a tribute to Morgan Freeman: Koko Taylor performed with Blues Music Award Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (harp) and Bob Stroger (bass), as well as Kenny Smith (drums), Frank Krakowski (guitarist), and Shunsuke Kikuta (guitar) from her band, Blues Machine.

As if that was not enough, Blues Hall of Famers Honeyboy Edwards (guitar) and Pinetop Perkins (piano) also performed for Morgan. And then, the King himself--B.B. King and his band--performed in tribute to his fellow Mississippian.

Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington were also there to pay tribute to Morgan, a Blues fan and co-owner of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

In addition, multiple Blues Music Award-winner Bettye LaVette sang a tribute to The Who's Peter Townsend and Roger Daltrey and Beyonce, who plays Etta James in the current film Cadillac Records was part of the tribute to Barbara Streisand. The event, which was held earlier in the year, will be shown on TV on December 30.

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