Kennedy Center Honors 2012 Honorees include Letterman, Led Zeppelin

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has released the names of honorees for the 35th Kennedy Center Honors. Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman will be among those being honored this year.

The Kennedy Center Honors shines a light on people in the performing arts who have spent their life contributing to pop culture. In a press release Kennedy Center Chairman, David M. Rubenstein, addressed why the Kennedy Center trustees selected to honor these individuals this year.

“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,” he said. “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 . . . and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock & roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock & roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands.”

While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will each receive Kennedy Center Honors. The 35th Kennedy Center Honors is scheduled to air Dec. 26 on CBS.

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