2012 Kennedy Center honorees

(AP)

Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world joined President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday night to salute the honorees, whose ranks also include actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. The recipients were later saluted by fellow performers at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.

2012 Kennedy Honors

1. President Barack Obama, right, with the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipients, from left, rock band Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, ballerina Natalia Makarova, comedian and television host David Letterman, actor and director Dustin Hoffman and bluesman Buddy Guy, speaks during a reception for the honorees in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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