Billy Crystal, Dionne Warwick, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Renée Fleming and Queen Latifah were given the star treatment as they received their Kennedy Center Honors.
Kennedy Center Honors
Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming, Barry Gibb, Queen Latifah and Dionne Warwick will be honored for their lifetime artistic achievements as the 46th class of Kennedy Center honorees.
Amy Grant, George Clooney, Gladys Knight, U2 and Tania León attended a dinner at the U.S. State Department and a gala tribute event. The 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors airs on CBS later this month.
The awards recognize a lifetime of achievement in the performing arts. This year they'll go to George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León and U2.
The 44th Kennedy Center Honorees announced today include Motown founder Berry Gordy, folk icon Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler, TV impresario Lorne Michaels and opera star Justino Díaz.
As the comedian awaits sentencing for a conviction for aggravated indecent assault, the prestigious arts institution rescinded its Honors award and Mark Twain humor prize.
Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.
The 95-year-old TV producer and writer says he cannot celebrate "at a White House that has no interest in supporting the Arts and Humanities."