The five honorees have been announced for the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. According to the LA Times, Oprah Winfrey along with Paul McCartney, director Bill T. Jones; country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard; and Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman will be doted on during the ceremony later this year.

The Kennedy Center Honors recognize performing artists for their contributions to American culture. Winners are selected by the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees. McCartney was previously selected for this award back in 2002 but had to back out due to a personal obligation. Winfrey on the other hand had no idea that she was even on the Board of Trustees’ radar, therefore she was completely surprised when her name was called.

“I love surprising people, I don’t like being surprised,” Winfrey told The Associated Press. “Releasing any kind of control over a show and allowing myself to sit there and be surprised is not going to be easy but I’m willing to do that.”

Some of last year’s honorees included Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, and Mel Brooks.

The gala will be recorded for broadcast as a two-hour prime-time special on CBS. This year’s will air December 28th.

What do you think of this year’s honorees?