The ceremony, now in its 31st year, is one of Washington's few red-carpet events. The honors recognize individuals who helped define American culture through the performing arts, part of the living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

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WASHINGTON — Singer and actress Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who this weekend became the latest recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

The ceremony, now in its 31st year, is one of Washington’s few red-carpet events. The honors recognize individuals who helped define American culture through the performing arts, part of the living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

Celebrities came from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tenn., to pay tribute.

The weekend celebration included a dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday. On Sunday, stars including musician B.B. King and actor Denzel Washington appeared on stage at the annual gala at the John F. Kennedy Center.

The gala will be broadcast Dec. 30 on CBS.