Letterman Up for Jabs With Kennedy Center Honors

David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists are being vaulted into the ranks of cultural achievements as the late night comedian receives this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with six other artists.

Letterman will share the honors Sunday night with Dustin Hoffman, the rock band Led Zeppelin, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

President Barack Obama will host the honorees at the White House before they are saluted by fellow performers in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she and Letterman have a history. At a dinner for the artists Saturday night, she said she’s been a guest on his show several times, but if you include references to her pant suits, she’s on every week.

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Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant says he’s game to write new songs if anybody else wants to.

Plant visited the State Department in Washington on Saturday with the other surviving members of the legendary rock band, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page. They are among seven artists receiving the Kennedy Center Honors with accolades from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Plant told The Associated Press he was surprised and overwhelmed in receiving the American honor.

The band is often asked if they’ll reunite. Plant says he loves traveling the world and wants to write music along the way. He says “if anybody wants to write some new songs, I’m game.”

The trio is scheduled to appear Monday on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.” (AP)

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