The Kennedy Center honors recipients recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts-whether in music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, or television-are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence.
This year the winners were bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin. While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant will each receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Heart performed a remarkable version of the classic Stairway to Heaven in honor of the band. When I first heard that Heart was performing the song, I kind of scratched my head and said “And it makes me wonder”. (See what I did there 🙂 ) But I was just blown away by this performance. Spend the few minutes watching this. Put your headphones on and crank it up. Unbelievable.