Oprah Winfrey Among 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees

Every year the Kennedy Center honors musicians and artists who have helped shaped American culture. Included in this year’s nominees is longtime television host Oprah Winfrey, who is celebrating her 25th season of her daytime talk show Oprah Winfrey set to go off the air in 2011.

Other honorees include musicians Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones and lyricist Jerry Herman.

Oprah said of this honor:

“This feels like an official American citizenship in a very exclusive club of artists and contributors to the nation in a very special way. It feels like an elevated kind of award and there aren’t many in this category. They look at your work, your life work, who you are as a human being and the spirit of who you are as a human being. Not many honors look at that depth.” [WaPo]

The honorees will be celebrated at a red carpet gala on December 5. The performance will air on CBS on December 28.

Congrats Momma O!