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James Taylor : Performer
James Taylor has touched people for more than 40 years with his warm baritone voice and distinctive guitar-playing. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide of album classics, ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. In 2015 Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in thirteen years, and it became his first ever #1 album on the Billboard charts. He has won multiple Grammys and is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. In November 2015, Taylor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Taylor will receive the 2016 Kennedy Center Honor this December.