Celebrities pay tribute to 2008 Kennedy Center honorees

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Stars -- from Hollywood, the music world and Capitol Hill -- descended on Washington over the weekend to pay tribute to the 2008 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors award.

Choreographer Twyla Tharp, Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend of The Who, singer Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman and singer George Jones received the prestigious honor Sunday at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The event will be televised on CBS on Dec. 30.


On the next page is a peek at the red carpet arrivals of such attendees as Beyonce, Clint Eastwood, Jack Black, Glenn Close, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Dave Grohl and more, plus a group shot of the honorees following the show.


Clint Eastwood

Queen Latifah

Jack Black

James Brolin and honoree Barbra Streisand

Joss Stone

Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty

Honoree Twyla Tharp


Honoree Morgan Freeman and guests

Glenn Close

Pete Townshend with musician Rachel Fuller

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and wife Jordyn Blum

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with husband Paul Pelosi

Aretha Franklin

Honoree George Jones and wife Nancy

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and wife Linda Hall

Designer Donna Karan

Singer Chris Cornell

From left, Kennedy Center Honors producer George Stevens Jr., Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, Roger Daltrey, Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, Pete Townshend, George Jones, Twyla Tharp, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarz.

--Lisa Fung