Meet the 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees

2016 Kennedy Center Honorees pose for a group photo after a gala dinner at the U.S. State Department, in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2016. From L-R: (seated) actor Al Pacino, singer Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich, singer-songwriter James Taylor; (standing) members of rock band Eagles, Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit. 

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The Kennedy Center Honors pay tribute to artistic legends who have made lasting impact on culture and society. 

Get to know the musicians and the actor who were honored in the 39th annual celebration. 

James Taylor

The five-time Grammy-winner has sold more than 100 million records in his career, but his first number one album came just last year.  

The Eagles’ Don Henley

The band formed in the early 1970s and helped define classic rock on the radio, becoming one of the world’s most successful bands.  

Mavis Staples

For the little girl with the big voice from the South Side of Chicago, it’s been an unforgettable journey.  

Al Pacino

From leading man to supporting roles, and brutal gangsters to good-guy cops, Pacino brings a power to the screen few can match.

Martha Argerich 

The virtuoso mesmerizes audiences, critics -- just about everyone except, perhaps, herself.   

Watch the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.