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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and (Credit: AP)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and former President Bill Clinton, right, pose with the 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row from left, Sonny Rollins and Barbara Cook, back row from left, Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond, at the State Department following a dinner and reception in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Kennedy Center Honors 2011

For their accomplishments and contributions to the arts actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, and musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins were each recognized as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for 2011.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and former President Bill Clinton, right, pose with the 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row from left, Sonny Rollins and Barbara Cook, back row from left, Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond, at the State Department following a dinner and reception in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Kennedy Center honoree Sonny Rollins and friend, Terri
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Kennedy Center honoree Sonny Rollins and friend, Terri Hinte, arrive at the State Department for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Kennedy Center Honoree Yo-Yo Ma shares a kiss
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Kennedy Center Honoree Yo-Yo Ma shares a kiss with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department following a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker waits to be seated
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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker waits to be seated for a Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.. (Dec.4, 2011)

Kennedy Center honoree Barbara Cook arrives at the
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Kennedy Center honoree Barbara Cook arrives at the State Department with her son, Adam LeGrant, for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Singer and 2011 Kennedy Center honoree Neil Diamond
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Singer and 2011 Kennedy Center honoree Neil Diamond arrives at the State Department for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Athlete Cal Ripken arrives at the 34th Kennedy
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Athlete Cal Ripken arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, D.C.. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Musician Sonny Rollins arrives at the 34th Kennedy
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Musician Sonny Rollins arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, D.C.. (Dec. 4, 2011)

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Kevin Clash, with Elmo, arrives at the 34th
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Kevin Clash, with Elmo, arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, D.C.. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Actress Audra McDonald arrives at the 34th Kennedy
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Actress Audra McDonald arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, D.C.. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Actress Laura Otis arrives at the 34th Kennedy
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Actress Laura Otis arrives at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors held at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, D.C.. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Actor Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower arrive
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Actor Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower arrive at the State Department for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the State Department
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Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the State Department for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

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Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski arrive at
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Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski arrive at the State Department for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Comedian Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn McGee-,Colbert
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Comedian Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn McGee-,Colbert arrive at the State Department for a dinner and reception for the Kennedy Center honorees in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Kennedy Center honorees Yo-Yo Ma and Neil Diamond
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Kennedy Center honorees Yo-Yo Ma and Neil Diamond talks after a dinner and reception at the State Department in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and President Bill Clinton talk with Kennedy Center Honorees Yo-Yo Ma, center right, Meryl Streep and Barbara Cook, right, at the State Department following a dinner and reception for them in Washington. (Dec. 3, 2011)

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