US President Barack Obama (2nd L) waves from the balcony with First Lady Michelle Obama (L) former Secretary of State Colin Powell (R) and his wife Alma (2nd R) during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, December 5, 2010. Recipients to be honored at the 33rd annual national celebration of the arts are: singer and songwriter Merle Haggard; composer and lyricist Jerry Herman; dancer, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones; songwriter and musician Paul McCartney; and producer, television host and actress Oprah Winfrey.