Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!

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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 of this year's honorees 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: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
The 35th Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Natalia Makarova

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Natalia Makarova

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Natalia Makarova & son

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Buddy Guy

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Buddy Guy & Family

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Dustin Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Lisa Gottsegen & Dustin Hoffman & Family

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Lisa Gottsegen & Dustin Hoffman & Family

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Lisa Gottsegen & Dustin Hoffman with Family

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Dustin Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Lisa Gottsegen & Dustin Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Lisa Gottsegen & Dustin Hoffman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman & Regina Lasko

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman & Regina Lasko

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
David Letterman

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Buddy Guy

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Natalia Makarova

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!
The 35th Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Coverage: Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Honorees!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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