Dustin Hoffman and David Letterman are set to receive America's highest arts honour in Washington.
The actor and the comedian are among seven people receiving the 2012 Kennedy Centre Honours, according to an announcement. They join Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, rock band Led Zeppelin and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
The nation's greatest honour for those who have influenced American culture through the arts comes with a nod from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The honorees will be saluted by fellow performers on December 2.
Dustin, 75, said it seemed harder to win the Kennedy Centre Honours than the Oscars or Golden Globes. He described himself as "honoured and flattered" to be included.
Letterman quipped that there must have been a "mix-up", but that he was very grateful.