The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin to get Kennedy Center honours


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin are among those to be honoured by Washington's Kennedy Center later this year, the prestigious performance hall said on Wednesday.

Others to be lauded at the Dec 2 gala include comedian and late night television host David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy and Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova.

"With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center honourees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein said in a statement.

Members of Led Zeppelin - keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant - will each receive individual awards.