Biden Kennedy Center Honors

President Joe Biden shakes hands with performer Gladys Knight during the Kennedy Center honorees reception at the White House in Washington Sunday. Composer and conductor Tania León, right, and back row from left, Irish band U2 members, Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton, look on. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — A heartfelt Patti LaBelle praised her lifelong friend Gladys Knight. Sean Penn called U2 “four scrappy Dublin punks.” Ballet dancers performed for conductor and composer Tania León. Matt Damon playfully teased his friend George Clooney — a lot — while Sheryl Crow delivered a heartfelt rendition of “Baby Baby” to Amy Grant during Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors.

Knight, Clooney, Grant, León and U2 were all celebrated at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which annually honors a select group of people for their artistic influences on American culture. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their respective spouses were in attendance, as were members the President’s Cabinet and Congress.

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