Legendary musicians James Brown and Loretta Lynn have been awarded with KENNEDY CENTER HONORS lifetime achievement awards in Nashville, America.

Stars lined up to pay tribute to the recipients - who also included comedian Carol Burnett, director Mike Nichols and violinist ITZHAK PERLMAN - at Sunday (07DEC03) night's ceremony.

Lynn received a rapturous welcome in the country music capital - she accepted her award from actress Sissy Spacek, who played her in the 1980 movie Coal Miner's Daughter, before hearing a medley of her songs played by REBA McENTIRE, LYLE LOVETT, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Patty Loveless.

A galaxy of stars queued up to pay tribute to godfather of soul Brown, including rapper LL Cool J and Anastacia.

LL Cool J said, "You 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.' "

The Graduate director Nichols was treated to a comic musical rendition by actors including Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

All recipients were seated in a presidential box with American leader George W Bush, his wife Laura Bush and his parents, former PRESIDENT GEORGE Bush and BARBARA BUSH.

08/12/2003 17:07