White House to celebrate Kennedy Center honorees

President Obama on Sunday will fete the seven winners of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with a White House reception.

Obama will then attend the 35th-annual awards gala and performance at Washington’s premier arts center.

This year, the Kennedy Center is recognizing major figures from popular culture, one of the country’s greatest ballet dancers and a seminal blues artist.

Obama will be mixing it up with the three surviving members of the 1970s rock band Led Zeppelin.

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Keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant be given medallions on behalf of their band. John Bonham, considered by many to be the greatest drummer of all time, died in 1980, leading to the breakup of the group.

Led Zeppelin cropped up during this year’s presidential campaign when it emerged that GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) is a huge fan.

Ryan mocked Mitt Romney’s musical tastes during the Tampa GOP convention.

"There are the songs on his iPod which I’ve heard on the campaign bus -- and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, ‘I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin,’” he said.

Also on hand Sunday will be "Late Show" host David Letterman and actor Dustin Hoffman, who was spotted on the Senate's private subway on Friday.

Obama is expected to be especially pleased to honor Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, a guitarist who got his start with Muddy Waters.

Rounding out the list, the Kennedy Center is honoring ballerina Natalia Makarova, who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1970.

The honorees will be receiving their colorful medals at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday.

Sunday’s performances will be taped for broadcast on Dec. 26.