The five honorees have been announced for the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors, which salutes individuals or groups from a wide variety of the performing arts each year in Washington D.C.
The five chosen for 2012 are blues legend Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, rock band Led Zeppelin, comedian and host David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova. Might we suggest for the broadcast that Makarova dance to the greatest hits of Led Zeppelin while Guy joins them on the guitar. That would be rather amazing.
Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein says in a statement:
“With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world. Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century; 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; Natalia Makarova’s profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world’s greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands.”
The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors will air Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.