It is time to add one more honor next to the name Buddy Guy. It was announced today (Sept. 12) that Guy will be one of the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Besides Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin will receive honors for 2012 on "The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 26 (8-10 p.m. CT) on CBS. The special has been broadcast on CBS each year since its debut.
“Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century," Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said, in a release.
In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2012 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.
He was born in 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana, but ended up in Chicago after sending a tape to Chess Records. Guy headed there in 1958 to seek his fortune, notes The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They go on: Buddy Guy is one of the titans of the blues, straddling traditional and modern forms, as well as musical generations. He’s worked with Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, on one hand, and Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones, on the other. There are few notable blues figures that Guy hasn’t brushed up against. He was even an influence on Jimi Hendrix.
The honors highlight the creative process, along with talent and more, noted Rubenstein. “With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," he said.
He praised the others as well. "Dustin Hoffman’s unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm; Natalia Makarova’s profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world’s greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands.”
The President and Mrs. Obama will receive the honorees, as well as members of the Artists Committee who nominate them and the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, at the White House prior to the gala performance on Dec. 2. The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a dinner dance in the Grand Foyer.