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Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Led Zeppelin among 2012 Kennedy Center honorees

The 2012 honorees, with comments from the Kennedy Center statement: •Dustin Hoffman, winner of best actor Oscars for "Rain Man" in 1989 and "Kramer vs Kramer" in 1980, is "one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation." •Buddy Guy, a Louisiana-born pioneer of the Chicago blues, "has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up a guitar in the last half century." • David Letterman, the host of CBS' "Late Night with David Letterman," "is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television." • Natalia Makarova, a Soviet-born prima ballerina, has a "profound artistry" that "has ignited the stages of the world's greatest ballet companies." • Led Zeppelin transformed rock 'n' roll "with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."

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