A star studded list of 21 Americans received the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama at White House ceremonies. Michael Jordan, Vin Scully and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were there.

So too, Tom Hanks, Bill and Melinda Gates, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen among others.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest American civilian honor.

The full list of recipients include:

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - NBA Hall of Famer.

- Elouise Cobell (posthumous) - Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native Americans.

- Ellen DeGeneres - Award-winning comedian and daytime talk show host.

- Robert De Niro - Academy-Award winning actor and Kennedy Center honoree.

- Richard Garwin - Polymath physicist who contributed to U.S. defense and intelligence technologies.

- Bill and Melinda Gates - Co-founder of Microsoft and founders of Gates Foundation.

- Frank Gehry - World renowned architect best known for designing the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

- Margaret H. Hamilton - Helped create on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo command modules and lunar modules.

- Tom Hanks - Academy-Award winning actor and Kennedy Center honoree.

- Grace Hopper (posthumous) - Pioneered computers and programming development from the 1940s through the 1980s.

- Michael Jordan - NBA player for Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards who won six championships, five Most Valuable Player awards and appeared in 14 All-Star games.

- Maya Lin - Artist and designer who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

- Lorne Michaels - Emmy-Award winning producer and screenwriter best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live.

- Newt Minow - Attorney who served as chairman of the Federal Communications Committee (FCC).

- Eduardo Padrón - President of Miami Dade College (MDC).

- Robert Redford - Academy-Award winning director and revered actor who founded the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.

- Diana Ross - Oscar nominee, inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, recipient of the Grammy Awards highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and named as a Kennedy Center honoree.

- Vin Scully - Longtime Dodgers broadcaster.

- Bruce Springsteen - Singer and songwriter who, along with his E Street Band, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen is also a Kennedy Center honoree.

- Cicely Tyson - Emmy-Award and a Tony-Award winning actress who was also named a Kennedy Center honoree.