Top performing artists were honored Sunday at Washington's annual John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for their lifetime contribution to American culture.
Buddy Guy arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala, Washington, December 2, 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd on the balcony as they attend the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 2, 2012.
Rock band Led Zeppelin, from left, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, at the Kennedy Center Honors Gala, Washington, December 2, 2012.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient actor and director Dustin Hoffman during a reception for the honorees in the East Room of the White House, December 2, 2012.