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Wednesday
Dec262012

"The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" Airs on CBS Wednesday

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time, CBS will air The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, a two-hour special showcasing the Washington, D.C., gala held earlier this month.

This year's honorees were Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, the surviving members of the rock band Led Zeppelin, blues guitarist Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

Among the celebrities who made appearances were Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Romano, Liev Schreiber and Schreiber's partner, Naomi Watts.

The award recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

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Thursday
Sep132012

Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman: Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Gusmano Cesaretti/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Dustin Hoffman, who starred in the film All the President's Men, will be honored by the president this December.

The 75-year-old actor and CBS late-night host David Letterman are two of this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, announced Wednesday.  The award recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The chairman of the Kennedy Center said in a statement, "Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm."

The seven recipients will be presented medallions at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 1.  The following day, President Obama will salute them at a White House reception prior to a gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House, which will be taped for a CBS special set to air on Dec. 26.

The other 2012 recipients are the surviving members of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, bluesman Buddy Guy, and Russian ballerina/choreographer Natalia Makarova.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Kennedy Center Honors Gala with Meryl Streep Airs Tuesday on CBS

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- Meryl Streep's legendary career is celebrated in the CBS special The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, airing Tuesday night.

She was recognized at the gala, which was taped earlier this month in Washington, D.C., for her lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts.  The other recipients were "Sweet Caroline" singer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway singer Barbara Cook.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make appearances in the two-hour special, which begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
Dec052011

Meryl Streep Feted at Kennedy Center Honors Gala

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- Meryl Streep was one of five entertainers whose careers were celebrated Sunday night at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The recipients -- who also included "Sweet Caroline" singer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway singer Barbara Cook -- were honored for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

Several of Streep's past co-stars, including Robert De Niro, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Kline, took part in the tribute to the actress. After a retrospective of Streep's career was screened, her Deer Hunter co-star, De Niro, joked, "Looking at those great moments over the years, I realize ... I was amazing in Deer Hunter."

Before the gala, President Obama hosted the honorees at the White House. He said of Streep, "When a reporter asked Clint Eastwood why he chose Meryl to star opposite him in The Bridges of Madison County, he shrugged and replied, she's the greatest actor in the world."

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended the gala. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a dinner for the recipients Saturday night.

CBS will air the Kennedy Center Honors event on December 27.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

'Kennedy Center Honors' Special Airing on CBS

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(WASHINGTON) -- The Kennedy Center Honors gala that saluted Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney earlier this month will air as a two-hour special Tuesday night on CBS.

The Washington, D.C. event -- which recognized the recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts -- was attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and featured appearances by Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Chris Rock, Barbara Walters, Alec Baldwin and several musicians.

Aside from Winfrey and McCartney, this year's honorees were iconic country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, and dancer/choreographer/director Bill T. Jones.

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors special airs on CBS at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
Dec062010

Oprah, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(WASHINGTON) -- The achievements of Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney in the entertainment field were celebrated Sunday night in Washington, D.C.  The talk show host and the former Beatle received the Kennedy Center Honors, which recognize recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The other recipients for 2010 were iconic country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, and dancer/choreographer/director Bill T. Jones.

As President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama looked on from the balcony, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Chris Rock and Barbara Walters all took the stage to salute Winfrey.  Walters called Winfrey the "best interviewer ever.  No one comes close...not even me."

Alec Baldwin began the tribute to McCartney by cracking jokes about the latter's days as a Beatle.  He said McCartney wasn't handed stardom like an America's Got Talent contestant, but rather had to work hard for it.

Following Baldwin's remarks, No Doubt performed ska-influenced covers of "Hello, Goodbye," "All My Loving" and "Penny Lane"; Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Norah Jones duetted on "Maybe I'm Amazed"; Aerosmith's Steven Tyler belted out "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," "Carry That Weight," and "The End"; and James Taylor and gospel singer Mavis Staples, backed by a choir, sang a soft acoustic version of "Let It Be."  All of the musicians concluded the gala by singing the "na na na" refrain from "Hey Jude."

The Kennedy Center Honors gala will air as a two-hour special Dec. 28 on CBS.

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