45th Edition |  George Clooney and U2 were honored by the Kennedy Center

(Washington) George Clooney and Irish rock group U2 were among the recipients of the Kennedy Center honors, Washington’s most prestigious cultural award, on Sunday, with Joe Biden in attendance.

Hollywood stars and all of Washington will celebrate the lives of soul Gladys Knight, Cuban-born band and songwriter Tania Leon and evangelical gospel singer Amy Grant.e Correction.

Joe Biden and his wife Jill, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Mhoff, will attend this prestigious evening in the great cultural center of the American capital, which former President Donald Trump is very unpopular in the world of American culture. , was sidelined throughout his tenure.

Several celebrities will follow each other on stage at the Kennedy Center to pay tribute to the honorees on Sunday, who earlier attended a private reception at the White House with Biden and a few select guests. A gala dinner was held Saturday evening at the State Department in the presence of U.S. diplomatic chief Anthony Blinken.

The show will air on all major US channels on December 28.

Oscar-winning actor George Clooney, 61, and his wife, Amal, a human rights lawyer, are especially looking forward to this year’s red carpet. Star of the film Ocean’s Eleven And Batman and RobinHe has directed and produced many films and said he is honored to receive this tribute.

“Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, I never imagined that one day I would be sitting on the Honors Balcony of the Kennedy Center,” he said in a press release. “It’s an honor to be mentioned alongside these incredible artists. »

“Widening the Circle”

Gladys Knight, 78, nicknamed the “Empress of Soul”, said she was “touched beyond measure”.

“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 over 170 million albums worldwide, have been honored for such legendary titles. Sunday is Bloody Sunday, yearning And With or without you.

Pulitzer Prize winner for his opera music StraightTania León, 79, is known for her innovative and powerful composition, incorporating classical music and Cuban rhythms, as well as her chamber music.

Amy Grant, 62, is the first Christian music singer to go platinum and has won six Grammy Awards.

The first Christian music star to be recognized by the Kennedy Center, he “never [ses] “Worst Nightmares,” she thought she would receive the award.

“Over the years I’ve seen many of my heroes celebrated by their fellow artists, and I’ve seen the ability of movies and music to always bring us together and find the best in us,” he said. – he added in a press release. “Thank you for widening the circle for all of us. »

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