Trump To Honor Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And James Patterson With National Medal Of Arts

Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and author James Patterson will be among those honored by the Trump administration with its first National Medal of Arts and Humanities honors.

The White House shared the list of recipients on Sunday evening where it clarified it would be awarding four National Medals of Arts and four National Humanities Medals.

USA Today reports the recipients of the National Medal of Arts are:

  • Alison Krauss, the bluegrass-country singer and musician, “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.”

  • Jon Voight “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.” Voight starred in “Midnight Cowboy,” the 1969 film that won an Academy Award for best picture, and he won the best actor Oscar for 1978’s “Coming Home.” He appears in the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.”


The recipients of the National Humanities Medal are:

  • The Claremont Institute “for championing the Nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds.”

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  • Teresa Lozano Long “for supporting the arts and improving educational opportunities” through scholarships and philanthropy.

  • Patrick O’Connell, the chef at The Inn at Little Washington, “for being one of the greatest chefs of our time.”

  • James Patterson “for being one of the most successful American authors of our time.” Patterson wrote a book about Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls. The book includes several references to Trump, including an account of the men’s falling out.

As Deadline reports, this awards ceremony will be the first of the Trump administration. Despite the awards ceremony usually being an annual event, the last one was held by Trump’s predecessor, former President Obama.

Deadline adds:

The award is given to individuals who “are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States,” according to the National Endowment for the Arts. National Council on the Arts, which oversees the endowment, reviews nominations and send recommendations to the president, who determines the honorees.