The surviving members of Led Zeppelin were celebrated last night at the Kennedy Center Honors, alongside David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, and Buddy Guy. The honors are awarded annually for “exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts.”
During the ceremony, President Barack Obama spoke of each honoree. He said of Led Zeppelin, “There were some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. So it’s fitting that we’re doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick and Secret Service all around.”
“We honor Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock,” the President concluded.
Below, you can watch a clip of President Obama’s speech. A full broadcast of the awards gala will air December 26th on CBS.
In related news, Led Zeppelin will make a rare television appearance on Monday night’s episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. Set your TiVos!