WASHINGTON (December 8, 2013) Five artists who have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children will be honored Sunday with this year's Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and opera star Martina Arroyo will be awarded the nation's highest honors Sunday for influencing American culture through music, while Shirley MacLaine will be honored for her impact on stage and screen.
President Barack Obama will salute the honorees, and top entertainers will offer tribute performances Sunday night.
The show will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.
On Saturday night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the honorees for a black-tie dinner at the State Department.
Kerry said the honorees have blazed trails, redefining the arts and American culture along the way.