Kennedy Center Honors Tap George Lucas, Carole King, Rita Moreno

George Lucas, Carole King Split - H 2015
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George Lucas, Carole King Split - H 2015

Actress Cicely Tyson, American rockers Eagles and conductor Seiji Ozawa will also be feted at Dec. 29 event.

Hollywood icon George Lucas, rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King and actress and singer Rita Moreno were named Wednesday to receive awards at the 38th Kennedy Center Honors, to be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 29, 2015.

Conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson will also be recognized by President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama at a White House pre-show reception for their contribution to American arts and culture as part of the star-studded D.C. gala.

CBS' annual telecast will be taped on Dec. 6, with Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment executive producing the special. "Quite simply, our honorees represent the voices, soundtracks and stories of our personal lives and memories," said Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein in a statement on Wednesday.

"The music of the Eagles has endured as the quintessential American rock and roll sound for generations; Carole King’s heartfelt lyrics and tunes are woven throughout the tapestry of American music; George Lucas’ films have enriched our world with stories of epic adventure; Rita Moreno’s iconic spitfire roles are embedded in the heart of American culture; Seiji Ozawa’s artistic leadership as a conductor has set a new standard for orchestras around the world; and Cicely Tyson’s range of strong female roles on stage and screen have broken boundaries for women of color," he added.

The CBS special will include performances by artists to be named at a later date.