Star of stage and screen Shirley MacLaine, opera singer Martina Arroyo, pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock, pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana were honored at the 36th Annual KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, which was broadcast Sunday, December 29th on the CBS Network.

Below, check out highlights from the tribute performances including:

Steve Winwood and Sheila E., Orianthi pay tribute to Carlos Santana with 'Everybody's Everything.'

Buddy Guy pays tribute to Carlos Santana with 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man.'

Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to Billy Joel with 'New York State Of Mind' and 'Piano Man.'

Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie pays tribute to Billy Joel with 'Big Shot.'

Legends of jazz pay tribute to Herbie Hancock.

Anna Kendrick pays tribute to Shirley MacLaine with 'It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish,' from Broadway's Seesaw.

Rapper Snoop Dogg and friends pay tribute to Herbie Hancock.

Click here to watch a Broadway salute to MacLaine, featuring Sutton Foster, Karen Olivo and Patina Miller.

Click here to watch an all-star tribute to Billy Joel featuring performances by Garth Brooks and Don Henley.

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 a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser expressed the national cultural center's continued gratitude to the many individuals involved in the success of the Honors program. "In addition to recognizing some of the world's most treasured artists, The Kennedy Center Honors supports a wide variety of artistic programming, as well as the Center's educational and national outreach efforts."

Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

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