Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen Given Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 7, 2009 By:
Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen Given Lifetime Achievement Awards

Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen and Mel Brooks have been given lifetime achievement awards. And this isn't just any old award--the President of the United States honored them!

The legendary entertainers were praised by Barack Obama on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors. They were presented with their accolades at a black-tie event for transforming the arts in America.

Obama told guests they were being honored because they were simply "the best."

He said: “These performers are indeed the best. They are also living reminders of a single truth — and I’m going to steal a line from my wife Michelle here — the arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are the heart of our national life.”

Also in attendance were Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Matthew Broderick and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among 300 other celebrity guests. Talk about a star studded affair!

Actress Meryl Streep was one of many stars to praise the award-winners. Speaking about Robert, she said: "Bob has earned the respect he enjoys around the world in the thousands of little bitty details.”

Congrats to the boys, you deserve it!