Legendary musicians James Brown and Loretta Lynn have been awarded with
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS lifetime achievement awards in Nashville, America.
Stars lined up to pay tribute to the recipients - who also included
comedian Carol Burnett, director Mike Nichols and violinist ITZHAK PERLMAN - at
Sunday (07DEC03) night's ceremony.
Lynn received a rapturous welcome in the country music capital - she
accepted her award from actress Sissy Spacek, who played her in the 1980 movie
Coal Miner's Daughter, before hearing a medley of her songs played by REBA
LOVETT, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Patty Loveless.
A galaxy of stars queued up to pay tribute to godfather of soul Brown,
including rapper LL Cool J and Anastacia.
LL Cool J said, "You broke down mental and social barriers and made it
possible for me, a black kid from Queens, to stand in front of presidents and
say, 'Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud.' "
The Graduate director Nichols was treated to a comic musical rendition by
actors including Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All recipients were seated in a presidential box with American leader
George W Bush, his wife Laura Bush and his parents, former PRESIDENT GEORGE
Bush and BARBARA BUSH.