Washington - Oscar winner Tom Hanks, soul singer Al Green and as well as the British singer-song writer Sting are among the five recipients of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors, the Washington-based centre announced Thursday on its website.
Ballerina Patricia McBride and comedienne Lily Tomlin will also receive the centre's annual honour for their life-time contribution to American culture.
"The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M Rubenstein in the statement.
The prestigious cultural award will be presented on December 6 at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.
The next day President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will receive the honorees at the White House followed by the Center Honors Gala in the centre's opera house.
The centre, named after former president John F Kennedy, is one of the biggest cultural institutions in the US capital. Last year actress Shirley MacLaine, singer Billy Joel and guitarist Carlos Santana were among the recipients of the award.
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, and Aretha Franklin are among those honoured in previous years.