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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 5: Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney listen to U.S. President Barack Obama as he gives a speech during the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees to a reception in the East Room of the White House before going to the Kennedy Center on December 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. The recipients for the 33rd annual awards are singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, composer and lyricist Jerry Herman; dancer, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney, and producer, television host and actress Oprah Winfrey. (Photo by Gary Fabiano - Pool/Getty Images)
The legendary rock star and the talk show host and media mogul were recognized by President Obama as part of the Kennedy Center Honors for their lifetime contributions to the performing arts on Sunday evening.