Kennedy Center Honoree American actor George Clooney (left) and Bono of the Irish band U2 attend a Kennedy Center Honoree reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. AFP
Movie icon George Clooney and Irish rock band U2 are among a select group of artists to receive awards from the Kennedy Center Honors this week, Washington’s most prestigious cultural honor, with United States President Joe Biden in attendance.
Hollywood stars and politicians from across Washington will also celebrate the careers of soul singer Gladys Knight, Cuban-born bandleader and songwriter Tanya Leon and evangelical gospel singer Amy Grant this evening. Gala, which celebrates its 45th edition this year.
Biden and his wife Jill, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff, should attend this prestigious evening in the great cultural center of the American capital, which former President Donald Trump, who is very unpopular in the world of American culture. He avoided it throughout his career.
On the red carpet, Clooney, 61, and his wife Amal, a lawyer specializing in human rights, have been especially hot on the red carpet.
An Oscar-winning actor, star of films such as “Ocean’s Eleven” and director and producer of several films, Clooney said he was honored to receive the tribute from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, I never imagined that one day I would be sitting on the balcony of honor at the Kennedy Center.”he said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be mentioned alongside these incredible artists.”
The 78-year-old knight, nicknamed the ‘Empress of Soul’, said she was ‘overwhelmed’. “The Kennedy Center’s commitment to the arts is unparalleled, and I am deeply grateful,” he added.
Singer and philanthropist Bono and his band U2, who have sold 170 million albums worldwide, are credited with legendary hits such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire” and “With or Without You.”
A host of celebrities will take the stage at the Kennedy Center to honor the award-winning artists on Sunday.
The program will be broadcast on the main American channels on December 28.