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An actor hailed as America's "favorite son" and a musical genius who rose from a British shipyard town received America's highest honors Sunday for influencing the country's culture through the arts.Tom Hanks and Sting joined Lily Tomlin, singer Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride in being awarded this year's Kennedy Center Honors. He has won 16 Grammy Awards.Young musicians came to sing his tunes in his honor.Tomlin, 75, made her career in comedy after moving to New York City as a waitress. She went on to create memorable comedy specials, Broadway shows and movie roles, including "9 to 5" with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton. She joined the New York City Ballet at 16 after studying under the great choreographer George Balanchine and quickly became the company's youngest principal dancer at 18 . It's a role she would hold for 28 years, performing around the world.
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