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Led Zeppelin Recieve Kennedy Award From President Barack Obama

December 3, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Sky News reports that Led Zeppelin (Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page) have received the Kennedy Award from President Barack Obama for their contribution to American culture and the arts. They were given Kennedy Center Honors at a dinner event at the White House.

Plant said he was flattered and overwhelmed, and added he was glad to see Jones and Page using “good table manners”.

Obama said: “When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming. There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, a drummer who played like his life depended on it. And when the Brits initially kept their distance, Led Zeppelin grabbed America from the opening chord. We were ready for what Jimmy called songs with ‘a lot of light and shade’. It’s been said that a generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album … but even now, 32 years after John Bonham’s passing – and we all I think appreciate the fact – the Zeppelin legacy lives on.

He then jokingly thanked the band for behaving themselves after their history of “hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around”.

He added: “We honor Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock!

Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova also received Kennedy Center Honors.

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