Musicians lead list of Kennedy Center honorees

WASHINGTON - Musical legends Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana are among the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, Washington's premier venue for the performing arts announced Thursday.

Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine and opera star Martina Arroyo round out the list of honorees lined up for the black-tie awards gala on December 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

President Barack Obama will receive the five at the White House prior to the gala, a high point in Washington's social calendar.

Honorees are selected by the executive committee of the Kennedy Center's board of trustees from recommendations from an advisory committee, prior recipients and the general public.