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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama welcomed an array of talents at a White House reception, Sunday.

At the Kennedy Center Honors gala, the president toasted the lifetime achievements of several performers.

Late-night show host David Letterman was among the honorees as well asactor Dustin Hoffman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, blues musician Buddy Guy, and the rock group Led Zeppelin.

The Kennedy Center Honors has long been a tradition that bridges Hollywood and Washington.

Aside from the honorees, other notable attendees included actors Alec Baldwin, Jack Black and Morgan Freeman.

Musicians there included Lenny Kravitz and Jeff Beck.

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