09/09/2014 11:13 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Lily Tomlin To Be First Out Lesbian To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

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Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year, the first out lesbian to be chosen.

The Kennedy Center Honors recognize living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. They have been given annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., since 1978.

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