Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, and Grace Bumbry all accepted Kennedy Center Honors last night. The festivities included tributes and performances from Jon Stewart, Meryl Streep, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Herbie Hancock. President Obama said at the ceremony, “These performers are indeed the bes. They are also living reminders of a single truth — and I’m going to steal a line from Michelle here — the arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are the heart of our national life.” The ceremony will air on CBS on Dec. 29.