December 9 [16:00 EDT] --The times really are a changin'. Bob Dylan, the anti-establishment folk music hero of the '60's, was honored on Saturday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., along with actor Charlton Heston, actress Lauren Bacall, opera singer Jessye Norman, and dancer Edward Villella before the President and the likes of Newt Gingrich (R-GA).
As with the rest of the honorees, Dylan was not required to speak or perform. According to reports, Dylan aided the selection of who would honor him from the band to the songs. Dylan chose producer and musician Don Was to play bass, E.G. Smith on mandolin, Steve Jordan on drums, and Clifford Carter on keyboard, for the back up band for artists Bruce Springsteen, who sang "The Times They Are A Changin'," singer David Ball, who performed "Don't Think Twice," and gospel singer Shirley Ceasar, who sang "You Got To Serve Somebody."
Don Was described the evening to "The New York Times" as "A pivotal, generational moment."
The three hour program will air on CBS on December 26.