December 07, 2009

first-class and second-class luminaries

WASHINGTON — Political and entertainment luminaries gathered here over the weekend for the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors, a two-day celebration that brings together some of the most influential figures in Washington and Hollywood.The recipients of the award this year were Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, the mezzo-soprano and soprano Grace Bumbry and the jazz musician Dave Brubeck.
Note something? Gracy Bumbry and Dave Brubeck may be entertainment luminaries, but their names still warant an explanation of who they are. Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, and Bruce Springsteen, on the other hand, are considered household names. They can go predicate-free.

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