President Obama Presents Arts, Humanities Awards To Meryl Streep, James Taylor

03/02/2011 02:54 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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.

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