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

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 the male guests 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 Men

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Cal Ripkin

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Cal Ripkin & wife

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert A. Altman & Lynda Carter

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert A. Altman & Lynda Carter

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Les Moonves

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Julie Chen & Les Moonves

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Vernon Jordan & wife

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Vernon Jordan & wife

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Vernon Jordan & wife

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Liev Schreiber

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
David Gregory & wife

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Morgan Freeman

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Morgan Freeman

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Billy Connolly

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Billy Connolly

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Billy Connolly & wife Pamela Stephenson Connolly

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Alec Baldwin

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Hilaria Thomas & Alec Baldwin

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jacques d'Amboise

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jimmy Kimmel

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jimmy Kimmel & girlfriend Molly McNearney

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jimmy Kimmel & girlfriend Molly McNearney

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Anna Romano & Ray Romano

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Anna Romano & Ray Romano

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jack Black

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jack Black & wife Tanya Haden

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert De Niro & wife Grace Hightower

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert De Niro & wife Grace Hightower

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Rob Ashford

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Itzhak Perlman & wife Toby

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Itzhak Perlman

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Stephen Colbert

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Yo-Yo Ma & daughter

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Yo-Yo Ma

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Yo-Yo Ma wife, Jill Horner & daughter

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Lenny Kravitz

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Lenny Kravitz

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Kid Rock and his mother Susan Ritchie

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Kid Rock and his mother Susan Ritchie

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
George Stevens Jr. and wife

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Joshua Bell & Larisa Martinez

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Joshua Bell

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Kyle MacLachlan

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Kyle MacLachlan

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Robert A. Altman

Photo Coverage:  Inside the 35th Kennedy Center Honors - The Men
Jimmy Kimmel

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

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