Jazz musician Herbie Hancock poses next to his piano at his home on October 18, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. Hancock is one of the five recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. (Bret Hartman/For The Washington Post)

Five icons of the arts are celebrated Sunday. Before the ceremony, read each honoree’s journey to the Kennedy Center, see photos from a lifetime of entertaining and watch the moment that transformed each from performer to icon.

Watch the broadcast at 9 p.m., Dec. 29 on CBS.

Herbie Hancock: At 73, he is still searching for the next sound

Martina Arroyo, a star who never forgot who she was

Shirley MacLaine: Endearment on her own terms

Billy Joel: From Piano Man to a contented Long Island guy

Carlos Santana: His ‘universal tone’ rings in Washington