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Kennedy Center revamps process


The Kennedy Center is unveiling a new process to select artists who receive one of the nation’s top arts prizes after an outside group said Latinos have been largely excluded.

Under a revised process announced Thursday, the organization will begin seeking recommendations from the public for the first time in the Kennedy Center Honors’ 35-year history. It will also seek more recommendations from a committee of artists.

Former honorees Chita Rivera and Yo-Yo Ma will be among those serving on the Special Honors Committee.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Taj Mahal is 71. Actor Bill Paxton is 58. Actor-comedian Bob Saget is 57. Singer Enya is 52. Talk-show host-actor Craig Ferguson is 51. Musician Trent Reznor is 48. Actor Hill Harper is 47. Singer Jordan Knight is 43. Singer Andrea Corr is 39. Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy is 39. Singer Kandi Burruss is 37. Dancer Derek Hough is 28.