December 2nd, 2012
03:42 PM ET

Letterman, Led Zeppelin among those receiving Kennedy Center Honors

An array of talents will be on display Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors gala where President Barack Obama will toast the lifetime achievements of an iconic ballerina, a famed comedian, a timeless actor and two chart-topping musical acts.

In the 35th installment of the honorary event, late-night show host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, blues musician Buddy Guy and the rock group Led Zeppelin will join the ranks of the top musicians, dancers and actors of their time.

Past honorees run the entertainment gamut - from the likes of Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery in the movie world, to Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan in music, to Ginger Rogers and Mikhail Baryshnikov in dance, among dozens of others.


soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. judy

    looking forward to the airing on PBS

    December 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  2. judy

    don't know who pickles is but he or she sounds like sour grapes to me, nasty bit of garbage either way

    December 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Dan B

    Does anyone think it would be awkward if Obama had to give an award to Clint Eastwood

    December 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • jean2009

      Clint has already been honored.....and before you bring it up, recommendations for future honorees are submitted by the Kennedy Center Committee and previous honorees.

      December 3, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Boo

      If you read the article, you would know Eastwood was already honored.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Dan B

        I did, that's why I brought him up. If Barack Obama was president at that time I meant.

        December 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        Dan, do you normally play "What if's?" without making yourself clear?

        December 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
      • jean2009

        I'll never figure out why that word in my last post is a highlighted link to a "work from home" advertisement....disregard.

        December 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
      • Dan B

        Wow, getting a lot of crap for a mistake... I know you guys don't politically like him of me but really

        December 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        No the word "play" was for some reason turned into a blue highlighted hyperlink to an advertisement om another website. I see this has been happening to several other people's comments too.

        December 5, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  4. italmn

    David Letterman deserves it, he is a great guy and very funny. Led Zepplin was 1 of the greatest bands in their time and their music is still great to this day ! Gongrads to the Both !

    December 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  5. Kool-Aid Police

    Another photo-op.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:21 am |
  6. Dan B

    George Bush did this right? I really can't remember because I think he did...

    December 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Dan B

      Sorry, that was kinda a stupid comment

      December 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
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    December 30, 2012 at 5:11 am |