Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has been named as one of the recipients of the Kennedy Centre Awards.

According to the BBC, Freeman will be honoured alongside band members of 'The Who' Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey as well as fellow Oscar winner, Barbra Streisand.

Speaking in a statement about her reaction to the award Streisand said she was: "humbled and thrilled".

'Dark Knight' star, Freeman, is currently resting at his home in Mississippi after being injured in a car crash last month.

The Kennedy Centre annually awards figures from the world of arts for their contribution to American culture.

Kennedy Centre chairman Stephen Schwarzman said this year's group of prize winners all possessed: "extraordinary genius and tenacity".

Last year's awards went to Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Beach Boys musician Brian Wilson.

The Kennedy Centre Awards will take place in Washington DC on 7 December.