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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will play homage to artists in different media forms on December 2, 2012. The Kennedy Center Honors is given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture through the arts. The ceremony will have tributes and performances to the selected honorees from current and legendary artists and performers on the night of the gala.
The Honors Gala will be broadcast on CBS as a two-hour prime-time special on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
35th Annual Kennedy Center Honorees are:
An American blues guitarist and singer. He is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound. He is known to be an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s, Guy was a member of Muddy Waters’ band and was a house guitarist at the legendary Chess Records.
An American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. His most notable films include The Graduate, Papillon, Marathon Man, Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Lenny, All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man and Hook. Hoffman has won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, four BAFTAs, three Drama Desk Awards, a Genie Award, and an Emmy Award. Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999.
An American television host and comedian. Letterman has the longest late-night hosting career in the United States of America. Letterman is among the most nominated people in Emmy Award history with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and five Primetime Emmys. Letterman has been nominated every year for an Emmy since 1984. He has four American Comedy Awards and first recipient of the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.
Led Zeppelin: John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant.
Though they hale from United Kingdom, Led Zeppelin is widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in American history and beyond. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording—various sources estimate the group’s sales at more than 200 – 300 million albums worldwide. With 111.5 million RIAA-certified units they are the second-best-selling band in the United States. Bands and artists from diverse genres have acknowledged the influence of Led Zeppelin, such as Madonna, Shakira, Ramones, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Queen, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath and Kings of Leon.
A Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina. Makarova’s performances set standards of artistry and aristocracy of dance that mark her as the finest ballerina of her generation in the West. She was featured in the historical 1976 live American Ballet Theatre production of Swan Lake, simulcast from Lincoln Center on both PBS and NPR. She danced with the likes of such fellow Russian ballet idols at Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alexander Godunov and Rudolph Nureyev. She has also won awards as a dancer and actress. Makarova won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical show On Your Toes.