The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will air tonight at 9pm ET, (7pm here in the mountain time zone) with star studded salutes to Billy Joel and Carlos Santana.The Honors Gala was attended by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama earlier this month and taped in Washington, D.C.

Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo will join Billy  Joel and Carlos Santana as 2013 award recipients.

Tony Bennett will speak on behalf of Billy Joel with Don Henley, Garth Brooks and others performing some of the Piano Man's biggest hits.

Harry Belafonte will pay homage to Carlos Santana while Buddy Guy, Stevie Winwood, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and others perform the legend's classic music.