WASHINGTON – For the tender-hearted Amy Grant, it was about the “shared joy” of the experience.
Gladys Knight beamed and said receiving a renowned cultural honor from President Joe Biden resonated with her most deeply because, “I feel like he’s my brother, I’ve been knowing him so long.”
And George Clooney, arm tight around the waist of wife Amal, laughed when asked if being inducted at the Kennedy Center Honors made him reconsider a future in politics.
“We have a nice life,” he said, an apparent – and diplomatic – “no.”
The trio, along with the rock legends in U2 and Pulitzer Prize-winning classical composer/conductor Tania León, were feted Sunday night at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for the 45th Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on Dec. 4, 2022.
Biden, along with first lady Jill Biden, took their customary place in the presidential box inside the grand Kennedy Center Opera House, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joined them with husband Paul, who wore a black hat and black glove on his left hand as he continues to recover from the October attack in their San Francisco home.
The typically bipartisan guest list – including senators Mitt Romney, Mike Lee, Joe Manchin and Patrick Leahy as well as Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg – also encompassed a slew of entertainment luminaries enlisted to pay homage to the honorees.