James Glader; Elissa Kline PhotographyRock and Roll Hall of Famers The Eagles and Carole King are among the notables from the arts-and-entertainment world who will be saluted at the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors this year.

The famed rock act and the prolific singer/songwriter will join Star Wars director George Lucas, actors Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson, and conductor Seiji Ozawa in receiving the prestigious honors, which are presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in recognition of recipients’ lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

“The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization,” says Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein in a statement. “The music of the Eagles has endured as the quintessential American rock and roll sound for generations [and] Carole King’s heartfelt lyrics and tunes are woven throughout the tapestry of American music.”

In response to being chosen as a Kennedy Center honoree, The Eagles issued a statement that reads, “The members of the Eagles hail from different regions of this great nation and we feel very fortunate that our music has been embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world. Popular music is one of America’s greatest exports — a bridge that spans geographical and cultural boundaries. We are truly humbled to have been able to be a part of this global connection.”

King said in a statement, “How amazing to be named a Kennedy Center honoree among such esteemed company! I’m humbled and grateful to accept. I’ve been very lucky to able to do the work I love for so many years. And it’s even more rewarding to know that what I do has touched the lives of so many people.”

This year’s honorees will be feted at a star-studded gala December 6 at the Kennedy Center that will be attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The event will be recorded for a special that will air December 29 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

As has become tradition, the honorees will visit the president and first lady at the White House on the same day prior to the gala. The awards themselves will be presented December 5 at the State Department, at a dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Last year’s Kennedy Center Honors recipients included Sting and Al Green.

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