Kennedy Center Honors recipients and dignitaries connected with the event are pictured at a reception at the State Department in Washington on Dec. 6. Honorees, clockwise from foregroud left (wearing their ribbons), are Loretta Lynn, James Brown, Carol Burnett, Mike Nichols and Itzhak Perlman. Dignitaries in the back row, from left, are Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center; George Stevens, producer of the honors; Jim Johnson, chairman of the Kennedy Center; and Colin Powell.
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