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Actress Lily Tomlin poses for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Entertainer Steve Harvey, left, with his wife Marjorie Bridges pose for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Actor John Krasinski poses for photographers on the red carpet before entertainer Ellen DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, second from front left, waves as she is introduced, with wife Portia de Rossi, left, before DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, left, with her wife Portia de Rossi, pose for photographers on the red carpet before DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, center, greets fans on the red carpet before receiving the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, second from front left, reacts as she is introduced, with wife Portia de Rossi, left, before DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Ellen DeGeneres, here taping her daytime program, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," in Burbank, Calif., in 2011, will receive the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Michael Rozman, File)

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Ellen DeGeneres, here taping her daytime program, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," in Burbank, Calif., in 2011, will receive the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Michael Rozman, File)

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Recipients of the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors — (from left to right) composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, singer Dolly Parton, conductor Zubin Mehta and singer Smokey Robinson — stand for the national anthem during the evening gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 22. The ceremony will be televised on PBS stations Oct. 30. (Associated Press)

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Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 22. The ceremony will be televised on PBS stations Oct. 30. (Associated Press)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Kennedy Center shows Buddy Guy in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kennedy Center)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Kennedy Center shows ballerina Natalia Makarova. (AP Photo/Kennedy Center)

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Soloman Howard sings the role of the High Priest of Baal, and Csilla Boross is Abigaille in Verdi’s “Nabucco.” A brand-new production of the opera was well-received last year, the opera’s first as a Kennedy Center affiliate. (Photo provided by Washington National Opera)

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Soloman Howard sings the role of the High Priest of Baal, and Csilla Boross is Abigaille in Verdi’s “Nabucco.” A brand-new production of the opera was well-received last year, the opera’s first as a Kennedy Center affiliate. (Photo provided by Washington National Opera)

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Musician Paul Simon at the 2001 Kennedy Center honors. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 7, 2008, file photo, George Jones arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 7, 2008, file photo, George Jones arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Soloman Howard and soprano Csilla Boross in Verdi's "Nabucco," being performed at the Kennedy Center for the first time ever in Washington, April 18 through May 21. (Photograph provided by Washington National Opera)