The stars were out and shining bright in D.C. this weekend … this as President Biden bestowed lifetime awards on a handful of them who were honored at the White House.
George Clooney, Gladys Knight, Bono and the rest of U2 were on hand Sunday in our nation’s capital to receive their Kennedy Center Honors for contributions to the arts over the course of their lives … and they all dressed to impress for the swanky get-together.
Gladys Night at the White House .. The Kennedy Center Honors … pic.twitter.com/NGvpGHatTS
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 4, 2022
Other honorees included composer Tania Leon and Christian singer Amy Grant — they all lined up for tons of photos and took in the applause as JB sang their praises. At one point, he even singled out Gladys specifically and made a little pun about a classic tune of hers.
As for the rest of the bunch … POTUS called them all “truly exceptional” during the reception — noting Clooney’s exception on-camera roles over the years, not to mention his philanthropy. And as for U2 … well, let’s just say Joe’s a fan, going so far as to call them poets of our time.
Please join us in congratulating your 45th class of Kennedy Center Honorees. 🤩🌈✨
Tune in Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. EST as a star-studded #KCHonors lineup pays tribute to @U2, @AmyGrant, @MsGladysKnight, #GeorgeClooney, and #TaniaLeón on @CBS and @ParamountPlus.
📸 Gail Schulman pic.twitter.com/1OMUVoJS9H
— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) December 4, 2022
BTW, it wasn’t just these celebs who were in the house … Julia Roberts was there, as was Don Cheadle, Richard Kind, Matt Damon, Sean Penn and others. So, yeah … BIG turnout.
There’s bits of video trickling out from the actual ceremony — but the whole thing was properly recorded and is going to air in full later this month. It may even include performances from some of the musical acts … time will tell.
CLIP: White House reception for Kennedy Center Honorees. pic.twitter.com/NmdTqbGesg
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 4, 2022
Pretty good looking group here, we must say. Congrats!