WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama received numerous guests at the White House on Sunday evening. The gala was organized in honor of famous celebrities like David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and Led Zeppelin, who have helped shape and disseminate the American culture as we now know it today.
The Kennedy Center Honors is one of the most significant award that celebrities can receive for their career achievements. The United States President usually confers this honor to those who have influenced generations of people through their artistic work; thus, changing the American culture. This year’s gala has seen the decoration of many people coming from different artistic fields.
The first to notice that the honorees have nothing in common was President Barack Obama. He told guests that he will confer the title to “some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together”. As usual, the audience was captivated by Obama’s humorous speech.
David Letterman was the first to receive the award on Sunday evening for his “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists. He was followed by Dustin Hoffman, rock band Led Zeppelin, by Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The event concluded with the performance of the Kennedy Center Opera House. The show will be broadcast on CBS, on December 26.
The commander-in-chief made a thoughtful comment for all the recipients mentioned on Sunday evening. He told Led Zeppelin members that he is grateful to them for behaving during their stay at the White House, given that they are known for the hotel rooms they destroyed in the past. David Letterman is now a famous talk show host, but this hasn’t always been the case. Letterman started his career as a humble weatherman, who drew people’s attention by comparing hail with the size of “canned hams”.
Obama concluded his speech by thanking the honorees for changing people’s perception through their performances. “It’s that unique power that makes the arts so important,” he added.