But what were some of the night's most memorable moments? Here are five highlights from the ceremony, featuring your favorite stars and public figures in the videos below.
Stephen Colbert is host to a wonderful evening:
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton honors James Taylor:
President Barack Obama, Al Pacino, and more rock out to "How Sweet It Is":
Chris O'Donnell honors Al Pacino with a special tango:
Jeff Goldblum pays tribute to Martha Argerich:
Want more? Watch the entire 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors event.