Rock band the Eagles and conductor Seiji Ozawa will also be honoured for their contributions to American culture at the 38th annual ceremony, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on 6 December (15).

Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter says, "Each honouree and their career-spanning achievements exemplify a rare quality of artistic bravery.

"They have pushed the limits of their gifts as musicians, actors, and storytellers to inspire generations of Americans and those around the world."

Tom Hanks, Sting and Al Green were among last year's (14) honourees.