THE SCREENING ROOM: Highlights From the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors (Video)

By Playbill Staff
December 27, 2012

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors were presented Dec. 2 to bluesman Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin. Here are highlights from the evening.



Performers and presenters included Alec Baldwin, Jeff Beck, Jack Black, Jason Bonham, Tracy Chapman, Gary Clark, Jr., Alina Cojocaru, Billy Connolly, Angel Corella, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Foo Fighters, Morgan Freeman, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Beth Hart, Judith Jamison, Julie Kent, Kid Rock, Jimmy Kimmel, Lenny Kravitz, Laura Osnes, Veronika Part, Tiler Peck, Grace Ann Pierce, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Romano, Liev Schreiber, Jimmie Vaughan, Naomi Watts, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson.

For more details on the 2012 ceremony, click here.

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CBS' highlights from the evening:

Caroline Kennedy introduces the 2012 honorees:

President Barack Obama talks about the honorees:

Jack Black pays tribute to Led Zeppelin:

Heart's performance of "Stairway to Heaven":

The Foo Fighters' performance of "Rock and Roll":

Lenny Kravitz's performance of "Whole Lotta Love":

Beth Hart's performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind":

Bonnie Raitt's performance of "Sweet Home Chicago":

Tina Fey pays tribute to David Letterman:

Ray Romano, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Fey pay tribute to David Letterman:

Robert De Niro pays tribute to Dustin Hoffman:

Morgan Freeman pays tribute to Buddy Guy:

Footage of the full awards ceremony: