Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors

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At a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House prior to the official presentation of this year's Kennedy Center honors last night, President Obama welcomed the guests and praised the recipients of this year's distinguished award. 

The honorees included the surviving members of Led Zeppelin John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant; ballerina Martina Makarova, Dave Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and Buddy Guy. Check out photos outside of the stage door below!

The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts – whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television – and are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; the selection process, over the years, has produced balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Stage Door at 35th Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Producer George Stevens Jr.

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Naomi Watts

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Naomi Watts

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Liev Schreiber

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Liev Schreiber

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Naomi Watts

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Alec Baldwin

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Jimmy Kimmel

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Jimmy Kimmel

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Jimmy Kimmel

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Jeff Beck

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Tracy Chapman

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Shayne Fontaine

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Shayne Fontaine

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Jimmy Vaughn

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Ray Romano

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Ray Romano

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Ray Romano

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Ray Romano

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Tina Fey

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Bonnie Raitt

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Kim Wilson

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Drummer Kenny Aronoff

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Drummer Kenny Aronoff

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Ballet Dancer Marcelo Gomez

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Jack Black

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Jack Black

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Jack Black

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Jack Black

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Jack Black

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Ballet Dancer Marcelo Gomez

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Ann Wilson (HEART)

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Ann Wilson (HEART)

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Nancy Wilson (HEART) & husband Geoff Bywater

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Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters)

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters)

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters)

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Billy Connolly

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Billy Connolly

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Billy Connolly & fans

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Billy Connolly

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Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

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Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

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Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

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Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)

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Kid Rock

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Kid Rock

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Kid Rock

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Kid Rock & Fans

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Kid Rock & Fans

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Kid Rock & Fans

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Kid Rock

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Robert De Niro & Morgan Freeman

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Robert De Niro & Morgan Freeman

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Robert De Niro & Morgan Freeman

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Robert De Niro

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Robert De Niro & Fans

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Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Robert De Niro & Fans

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Robert De Niro & Fans

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors
Robert De Niro & Fans

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Morgan Freeman

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Laura Osnes & husband Nathan Johnson

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Laura Osnes

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Laura Osnes & Fans

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Laura Osnes & Fans

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Laura Osnes

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35th Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Coverage Exclusive: At the Stage Door of the 35th Kennedy Center Honors

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