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The 2021 Kennedy Center honorees: (left to right) opera star Justino Díaz, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and Motown founder Berry Gordy. Scott Suchman/Kennedy Center hide caption

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Kennedy Center honors creative excellence in the arts at annual gala

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Bette Midler performs during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24, 2019, in Hollywood, Calif. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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"In a way, I use music like we use the Internet," Bette Midler says. "One link brings you to another link, and from that link you move onto another. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear Bette Midler On 'Song Travels'

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Bette Midler's new album, a tribute to girl groups, is titled It's The Girls. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

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