2012 Kennedy Center Honorees and members of the band Led Zeppelin, from left, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala Sunday at the State Department in Washington.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave a reception in honor of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipients in the East Room of the White House Sunday. At the back left is Caroline Kennedy.
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David Letterman's "stupid human tricks" and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim Sunday night as the late-night comedian received this year's Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, an actor, a ballerina and a bluesman. President Obama described all of the honorees as artists who “inspired us to see things in a new way ... to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world.”