The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the individuals who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 35th annual national celebration of the arts are: bluesman Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, television personality David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and Led Zepplin.
In May 2013, the Kennedy Center announced revisions to the Kennedy Center Honors selection process. The revisions include the addition of an advisory committee comprised of artists, former Honorees, and Kennedy Center board members as well as expanded solicitation of recommendations from the general public. Please read below how you can submit a recommendation for the Kennedy Center Honors.
The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The primary criterion is excellence, and artistic achievement in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television is considered.
The Honors Explorer
Learn more about all the Kennedy Center Honorees through the Honors Exploreran interactive feature that allows you to search our Honorees by three dimensionsgenre of performance, time period, and geography.