Ma, Diamond, Streep receive Kennedy Center Honors (AP)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and President Bill Clinton, right, pose with the 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row from left, Sonny Rollins, Barbara Cook, back row from left, Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond at the State Department followoing a dinner and reception on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)AP – Meryl Streep may have gotten her next film assignment, Neil Diamond thanked the namesake of his famous tune “Sweet Caroline,” and a tux-clad Elmo honored his friend, Yo-Yo Ma. They were among several luminaries from Broadway, jazz and classical music to receive the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night for their influence on American culture through the arts.