Late-night television host David Letterman will receive a prestigious award tonight, being honored along with actor Dustin Hoffman, rock band Led Zeppelin and others at the 35th Annual Kennedy Honors, BroadwayWorld.com reports. The ceremony will be televised at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
The others to be honored are blues guitarist Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova. As we reported previously, Led Zeppelin band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones will receive individual awards along with an award for the band as a whole.
“In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2012 honorees will be saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world,” the piece reports. “Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.”
Said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein: "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."