Each year, artists are honored for their contributions to the arts and American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors, a lifetime achievement awards for performing artists. In 2012, the artists were Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova and Robert Plant & Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. The ceremony consisted in onstage performances from different artists The President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama also attended the ceremony
To honor Buddy Guy (with whom she sang Ain’t No Sunshine, Tracy Chapman performed “Hound Dog” (immortalized by Thornton and Guy in a classic 1965 London performance) and “Sweet Home Chicago” (with Bonnie Rait and Jeff Beck).
Video: Tracy Chapman “Hound Dog” – Buddy Guy Tribute – Kennedy Center (2012)
Video: Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Beck and Beth Hart – “Sweet Home Chicago” (2012)
Singer Tracy Chapman arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Performance and Gala Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)