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Buddy Guy (photo by Paul Natkin)

Buddy Guy

(Bluesman, born July 30, 1936, in Lettsworth, Louisiana) "By far without a doubt the best guitar player alive." That's Eric Clapton's take on Buddy Guy, a titan of the blues. For more than 50 years, Guy has been an invaluable American treasure, linking a proud but often underappreciated American musical past with a new generation of master musicians destined to keep the blues alive. Guy belongs to an era that pioneered the blues, working alongside such legendary figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, B.B.

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Kennedy Center Honors Highlights 2012

Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin--are recognized for their contributions to the arts.