Earth Wind & Fire First R&B Group To Receive Kennedy Center Honors
Affectionately known as "The Elements", Earth Wind & Fire have created some of the greatest songs ever and they are getting a well deserved honor.
According to Rolling Stone, EWF will become the first R&B group to ever be recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. EWF will be receiving the honor along with singer Linda Ronstandt, actress Sally Field and the children's TV program "Sesame Street".
“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons, who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness, Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape." - Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein via Rolling Stone
EWF are also only the 4th musical group overall to ever receive the honor. Founding member Maurice White passed away in 2016 but his brother and bassist Verdine White is keeping the group together and touring and keeping their musical legacy alive to this day.
The awards will be presented on December 7th followed by a gala on December 8th. CBS will broadcast the event on December 15th.