WASHINGTON (CelebrityAccess) – Singer and musician Alison Krauss, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, and mystery writer James Patterson are among those being honored by President Donald Trump with national medals for their contributions to the arts or the humanities.
The 2019 honorees are the first to receive the prestigious national medals since Trump took office.
The recipients of the National Medal of Arts are: Alison Krauss, for making extraordinary contributions to American music (The White House misspelled her name in its release); Sharon Percy Rockefeller, for being a renowned champion of the arts, generous supporter of charity, and a pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy; The Musicians of the United States Military, for personifying excellence in music and service to country; and Jon Voight, for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.
The recipients of the National Humanities Medal are: The Claremont Institute, for championing the Nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds; Teresa Lozano Long, for supporting the arts and improving educational opportunities; Patrick O’Connell, for being one of the greatest chefs of our time; and James Patterson, for being one of the most successful American authors of our time.
President Trump will award the medals during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday (Nov. 21).