WASHINGTON — Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, talk show host David Letterman and rock bank Led Zeppelin are among the seven artists named Kennedy Center Honorees this year, the center said on Wednesday.
Led Zeppelin, known for such 1970s hits as “Stairway To Heaven,” is being recognized as a band but keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page each will receive honors.
“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,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein.
Honorees are recognized by Washington’s Kennedy Center for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The ceremonies are a highlight of the U.S. capital’s cultural season.
The Kennedy Center Honors Gala will be held Dec. 2 and recorded for broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26.
The Kennedy Center Honors were created in 1978. Past honorees have included singers Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and Luciano Pavarotti, actress Carol Burnett, country music singer and songwriter Willie Nelson and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.