Bette Midler Reacts to News of Receiving Kennedy Center Honor: ‘Speechless’

by Keeli Parkey

Bette Midler is an iconic performer of both the stage and screen. During her many decades as an entertainer, the Divine Miss M has pretty much done and seen it all. Lately, however, there has been something that has surprised even her.

That surprising thing is the news that she has been selected to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. Now, fans of hers will probably think the honor is long overdue. But for Bette Midler, the news came as a surprise. In fact, she wasn’t sure what to say.

The famous singer and star of such films as “Hocus Pocus,” “Beaches,” and “Big Business” took to her Twitter account on Sunday, July 25, to share her feelings. “Just this minute picked myself off the floor after learning I will receive a #KennedyCenterHonor this year. For once, I’m speechless,” Bette Midler tweeted.

Bette Midler Part of Impressive Class of 2021 Kennedy Center Honorees

The 2021 class of Kennedy Center honorees is another impressive one. On her own, Bette Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards. She has sold more than 30 million albums during her career. She has has won two Tony Awards, four Grammy Awards, and three Emmy Awards.

In addition to Bette Midler, some of the biggest names in entertainment will also be honored later this year.

One of the other honorees is the famous singer and songwriter, Joni Mitchell. During her decades-long career, she brought us such hits as “Free Man In Paris,” “A Case of You,” “Both Sides, Now,” and “Big Yellow Taxi.”

Another of the upcoming Kennedy Center honorees is another music industry legend. This is Berry Gordy – the founder of the iconic label Motown. He is the man we have to thank for bringing such important artists as The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson Five into the spotlight.

“Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels will also receive a Kennedy Center Honor this year. He began the show in 1975 and since it hit the air, the show has set a record for the most Emmy Award nominations in history.

The other Kennedy Center honoree this year is opera star Justino Diaz. He was born in 1940 in Puerto Rico. During his career on the stage, he has impressed audiences with his operatic bass-baritone voice.

The ceremony honoring Bette Midler and the other members of the 44th Kennedy Center class is scheduled for Dec. 5, 2021. Unlike the most recent ceremony, which was delayed and moved to May because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers hope the next ceremony will take place on time and at full capacity.

The 43rd class of Kennedy Center honors included Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, and Midori.