In addition, Obama is expected to award the National Humanities Medal to 12 others, including theater artist Anna Deavere Smith and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara.
Wednesday's ceremony is to take place in the East Room of the White House, with the president accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama.
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The National Medal of Arts is the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the government.
The other recipients include "Star Wars" producer George Lucas, writer-actress Elaine May, arts patron Lin
A medal will also be awarded to the Washington Performing Arts Society, a presenter of music and dance in the nation's capital.
Last year's winners of the National Medal of Arts included Al Pacino, pianist Andre Watts and painter and printmaker Will Barnet.