Celebrities receive all kinds of special awards and trophies, but one of the most prestigious is the Kennedy Center Honors. This year, stars like George Clooney, Gladys Knight and Bono were honored, but what does that really mean?
What are Kennedy Center Honors?
The Kennedy Center Honors have been presented annually since 1978. This honor is given to notable figures in the performing arts who have made a lifetime contribution to American culture.
Each December, five honorees are honored at a star-studded gala in Washington, D.C. This year’s honorees are George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania Leon and U2’s band members.
The list of past honorees includes Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Martin Scorsese, Cher, George Lucas and dozens of other stars from the worlds of music, television, cinema, theatre, dance and opera.
U2 fuming over joining ‘this great clan of extraordinary artists’
This year’s honorees were naturally excited about the upcoming ceremony, as well as honored to join the list of legendary names receiving the award.
clooney said“It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same breath with these incredible artists,” While the members of U2 shared“We consider America a home away from home and we are deeply grateful to the Kennedy Center Honors for welcoming us to this great clan of extraordinary artists.”
“I am humbled beyond words to join this distinguished group of both past and present,” Knight said in a statement, “I’ve accomplished a lot in my life and this definitely stands at the top of that list with those accomplishments.”
Where can you watch the ceremony?
The ceremony took place on December 4 and will be televised on CBS on December 28. Even though footage of the event has yet to be released, there are a few available details about the ceremony.
Stars like Patti LaBelle, Sean Penn, Matt Damon and Sheryl Crow were just some of the big names who came to honor their friends, whether through a speech full of good-natured ribbing or a musical performance.
The Kennedy Center Honors is one of the greatest awards anyone in the performing arts can receive, and this year’s cohort of honorees certainly deserves their place among past recipients.