Kennedy Center Honors

Meryl Streep, pop singer Neil Diamond, Broadway singer Barbara Cook famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins joined in receiving the nation's top award Sunday night for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 4: (AFP OUT) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker waits to be seated for a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House on December 4, 2011in Washington, DC. For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins where etched recognized as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images)
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(L-R) Actress Barbara Cook, singer Neil Diamond, musician Yo-Yo Ma, musician Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep wait for a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 4, 2011. For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts, actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins where etched recognized as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
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Kevin Clash arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on Dec. 4.
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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker waits to be seated for a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House. For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins where etched recognized as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
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Musician Raphael Saadiq arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Actors John Krasinski (L) and Emily Blunt arrive at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Singer Lionel Richie arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Actor Robert De Niro (L) and wife, Grace Hightower arrive at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich, arrive at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Actress Lynda Carter arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Actress Audra McDonald arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States.
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Musician Neil Diamond arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 4, 2011.
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First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama arrive for a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House on December 4, 2011in Washington, DC.
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Musician Sonny Rollins (L) and actress Meryl Streep talk during a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room on December 4, 2011in Washington, DC. For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins where etched recognized as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
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Musician Sonny Rollins (2nd L) and actress Meryl Streep (2nd R) listen as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) jokes about having musician Yo-Yo Ma (L) speak to the US Congress during a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room on December 4, 2011in Washington, DC. For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, musician Yo-Yo Ma, and musician Sonny Rollins where etched recognized as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
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