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Celebrities pay tribute to 2008 Kennedy Center honorees

December 8, 2008 |  2:22 pm

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Stars -- from Hollywood, the music world and Capitol Hill -- descended on Washington over the weekend to pay tribute to the 2008 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors award.

Choreographer Twyla Tharp, Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend of The Who, singer Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman and singer George Jones received the prestigious honor Sunday at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The event will be televised on CBS on Dec. 30.

On the next page is a peek at the red carpet arrivals of such attendees as Beyonce, Clint Eastwood, Jack Black, Glenn Close, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Dave Grohl and more, plus a group shot of the honorees following the show.

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Beyonce

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Clint Eastwood

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Queen Latifah

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Jack Black

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James Brolin and honoree Barbra Streisand

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Joss Stone

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Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty

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Honoree Twyla Tharp

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Ne-Yo

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Honoree Morgan Freeman and guests

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Glenn Close

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Pete Townshend with musician Rachel Fuller

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and wife Jordyn Blum

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with husband Paul Pelosi

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Aretha Franklin

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Honoree George Jones and wife Nancy

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Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and wife Linda Hall

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Designer Donna Karan

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Singer Chris Cornell

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From left, Kennedy Center Honors producer George Stevens Jr., Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, Roger Daltrey, Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, Pete Townshend, George Jones, Twyla Tharp, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarz.

--Lisa Fung

Credit: Top photo: Getty Images. Red carpet photos by Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images. Bottom photo by Kevin Wolf / Associated Press

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