WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is honoring 20 artists, scholars and writers with top awards for the arts and humanities in a salute that embraces both celebrity and quiet achievement.
Among the recipients are actress Meryl Streep, singer-songwriter James Taylor and the writer Joyce Carol Oates.
The president is presenting artists the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal during a ceremony at the White House
High-profile recipients include writers Philip Roth, author of "Portnoy's Complaint," and "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee; musicians Van Clyburn, Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins and abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero.
Among others receiving medals: Playwright Robert Brustein, former U.S. poet laureate Donald Hall, the international Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, librarian Daniel Aaron, Pulitzer Prize winning historians Bernard Bailyn and Gordon Wood.