Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and mystery writer James Patterson are among the artists and philanthropists being honoured by President Donald Trump for their contributions to the arts or the humanities, the first recipients of prestigious national medals since Trump took office.
The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal in a statement on Sunday night.
Voight is one of Trump’s few vocal Hollywood backers, and has hailed him as “the greatest president of this century”.
Trump is also honouring the musicians of the US military, who frequently entertain at White House events.
He will award the medals during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.
While the honours had been an annual affair during past administrations, they have not been awarded since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
The most recent arts or humanities medals were bestowed by President Barack Obama in September 2016.
The recipients of the National Medal of Arts are:
The recipients of the National Humanities Medal are:
The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities solicit candidates for the medals and compile proposed winners.
The White House, which sometimes adds its own nominees, traditionally approves and announces them before a presidential ceremony.
Trump has had an uneasy if not hostile relationship with many in the arts and the humanities who oppose his policies and have denounced his presidency.
He has been largely shunned by Hollywood and has skipped events like the annual Kennedy Center gala that is one of Washington’s premier social gatherings after some honourees said they would not attend if Trump was part of the ceremony.