2009 Kennedy Center Honors Handed Out

Five disciples of the performing arts were given the 2009 Kennedey Center Honors last Sunday, December 6.bruce-springsteen

The honorees are as follows: Academy Award winning actor Robert De Niro, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (pictured), Grammy Lifetime Awardee jazz pianist David Brubeck, St. Louis Walk of Fame opera singer Grace Bumbry and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winning director, songwriter, actor and producer Mel Brooks.

Brubeck was celebrating his 89th birthday during the event.

Among those who attended were President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy.

The Honors are annually given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime contributions to American Culture. It is always held at the Kennedy Center House in Washington DC. It was first handed out in 1978 and was created by George Stevens, Jr. and Nick Vanoff.

The show will air on CBS December 29.