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

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(Washington) George Clooney and the Irish rock group U2 are among the personalities who will receive the honors of the Kennedy Center, the most prestigious cultural award in Washington, on Sunday, in the presence of Joe Biden.


A host of stars from Hollywood and across Washington will also celebrate the careers of soul great Gladys Knight, Cuban-born bandleader and songwriter Tania Leon, and evangelical gospel singer Amy Grant at this gala which is the 45thAnd editing.

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

A host of celebrities will line up on stage at the Kennedy Center to pay their respects to the honorees Sunday, who previously attended a private reception at the White House with the Bidens and select guests, the day after a dinner of honor Saturday night at the Department of State, in the presence of the head of American diplomacy Antony 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 expected on the red carpet this year. protagonist of the film Ocean’s Eleven and of batman and robinwho has also directed and produced several films, said he was honored to receive this tribute.

“As a grown up in a small town in Kentucky, I never imagined that one day I would sit on the Kennedy Center Honors balcony,” he said in a press release. “To be mentioned alongside the rest of these incredible artists is an honor. »

“Widening the Circle”

Nicknamed the ’empress of the soul’, Gladys Knight, 78, said she was ‘endlessly moved’.

“Kennedy Center’s dedication to art is unparalleled and I am very grateful for that,” she added.

Singer and philanthropist Bono and his group U2, who have sold 170 million albums worldwide, are honored for legendary titles such as bloody sunday sunday, Expected And With or without you.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her work StepTania Leon, 79, is known for her innovative and powerful compositions, mixing classical music and Cuban rhythms, as well as her chamber music.

Amy Grant, 62, was the first platinum-selling Christian singer and won six Grammy Awards.

The first Christian music star to be recognized by the Kennedy Center, she said she “never in [ses] wildest dreams” had thought he would receive this award.

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

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