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Soul star Brown honoured by Bush
James Brown
James Brown said being honoured felt "good"
The "Godfather of Soul" James Brown and country music star Loretta Lynn were among entertainers being honoured for their contributions to US culture.

The pair were invited to a gala attended by President George Bush at the Kennedy Arts Center in Washington.

Also honoured were comedian and actress Carol Burnett, violinist Itzhak Perlman and film director Mike Nichols.

Mr Bush called the group an "interesting mix" bound by "superior performance" throughout their careers.

Bush family
The Bush family were in attendance
A host of star names, including Julie Andrews, Kim Cattrall, Anastasia and Reba McEntire, also paid tribute to the honourees in a series of speeches, sketches and musical numbers.

Brown said he was excited at receiving the award, and said:"I feel good," a reference to one of his hit songs.

Hip hop star-turned-actor LL Cool J spoke about the influence Brown, 75, had on his career.

"He broke down mental and social barriers and made it possible for me, a black kid from Queens, to stand in front of presidents and say 'say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud'," he told the audience.

'National treasure'

Former President George Bush Sr was also on hand to praise the talents of Loretta Lynn, best known for her hit Coal Miner's Daughter.

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett starred in the movie Annie and hosted her own variety show
"I feel very confident in speaking for the entire Bush family in expressing our love and our respect for this national treasure, Loretta," he said.

German-born director Mike Nichols has made such memorable films as The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Primary Colors.

"His name on a production signifies quality, intelligence and high artistic standards," President Bush said.




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