The list of men and women who deserve to be recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors for their services to the Arts in the United States.
First, they must be alive and able to attend the ceremony in Washington D.C. They don't award posthumously.
I would also like to add Alene Robertson, a musical actress from Chicago, Illinois who was awarded 9 Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago's Equivalent to the Tony Awards) to the list but she doesn't have an imdb.com page.
The following are those who passed away since this list was formed;
Andy Williams (he wasn't on this list but he should have been).
Marian McPartland OBE
In the 2012, three of the previous listings (David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Dustin Hoffman) are now Kennedy Center Honorees.
Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, & Shirley MacLaine who were on this list are now 2013 recipients of this honor.