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Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine & Santana Among 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees!

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Five names are set to receive their rainbow ribbon of honor!

The Kennedy Center has announced their annual honorees and we are liking who they picked this year! Some we can't believe haven't been chosen before!

Billy Joel is representing rock 'n roll. Shirley MacLaine is being honored for her accomplishments on the big screen (although we think it's no coincidence that she's finally being recognized after her guest spot on Downton Abbey!)

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock is being awarded for his decades of smooth songwriting. And for the first time EVER, two Hispanics are being named Kennedy Center Honorees in the same year!

Carlos Santana and opera singer Martina Arroyo!

Estamos muy orgullosos!

The Kennedy Center has come under fire recently for not selecting Latino representatives for this renowned distinction. Before 2013, only two of the 186 honorees since 1978 were of Hispanic origin!

After hearing the news, Carlos Santana was so excited, he couldn't even stand up! The rock guitarist exclaimed:

“Can you believe it? Fortunately, I was sitting down when I heard the news, and my heart just expanded with gratitude.”

Congrats to all 5 of you! ¡Felicidades!

[Images via Patti Ouderkirk/DJDM/WENN.]

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    Great choices, all three.