Billy Joel and Carlos Santana receive honors

Billy Joel and Carlos Santana receive honors

On Friday, December 6th, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana were among the recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors at a gala performance in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Among the other honorees of what is regarded as “one of America’s highest cultural and artistic honors” was musician Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine, and opera star Martina Arroyo. An edited broadcast of the ceremony will air on December 29th on CBS.

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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.