The surviving members of the English rock group Led Zeppelin climbed an exalted stairway on Sunday. No, not that one. But the group did arrive in person to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in a ceremony hosted by President Obama in Washington D.C..
The mega-selling act, known for its punishing blues riffs and wails from Robert Plant that became classic-rock staples, was lauded along with guitarist Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman. The Kennedy Center honors lifetime accomplishments in the performing arts. Recent winners have included Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.