Photo Flash: Sting, Hanks & More Receive 37th Annual KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 37 years ago.

In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage hosted by Stephen Colbert, the 2014 Honorees were saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees accepted the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

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; over the years, the selection process has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Photo: John Paul FiloCBS

Steven Spielberg, Anthony Anderson and Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert

Bruno Mars

Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg

Bruce Springsteen Performs

Mavis Staples, Whoopi Goldberg

David Letterman, Martin Short

Lily Tomlin

Sting & Trudie Styler

Ballerina Patricia McBride (L), musician Sting (C) and actress Lily Tomlin

Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep

Sting, Bruno Mars

Tom Hanks, Bruno Mars

Lady Gaga Performs

Jane Fonda, Jane Lynch, Reba McEntire

President & Mrs. Obama, Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson

Singer Al Green, actor/producer Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, musician Sting and actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin with President Barack Obama

Lady Gaga

Actor Tom Hanks (L) and musician Sting (R) clap for ballerina Patricia McBride

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