Diana Ross Wins Supreme Honor

Brian Wilson, Martin Scorsese also among 5 picked for Kennedy Center artists
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 6:15 AM CDT
former "Beach Boys" singer Brian Wilson attends a party in New York on Aug. 12, 2005. Wilson has been chosen as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors of 2007, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 (AP Photo/Jeff...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – There'll be good vibrations at the Kennedy Center: the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Motown legend Diana Ross have been chosen as this year's  honorees. Comic actor and writer Steve Martin, film director Martin Scorsese  and pianist Leon Fleisher will also be honored, reports the Washington Post.

The Kennedy Center awards recognize lasting contributions to the arts in America.  All five have "transformed the way we as Americans see, hear and feel the performing arts," said the center's chairman, hedge fund king Stephen A. Schwarzman. "It is a huge, huge honor," said Ross, who added that she was "taken aback" by being chosen.