George Clooney and U2 at the White House

Those invited were honored for their lifetime achievements at the Kennedy Center on Sunday evening.

US President Joe Biden receives Hollywood star George Clooney, the rock band U2 and soul singer Glady Knight in the White House.

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American President Joe Biden received Hollywood star George Clooney, rock band U2 and soul singer Gladys Knight at government headquarters in Washington on Sunday. The artists were to be honored for their life’s work by the renowned Kennedy Center in Washington on Sunday evening (local time) in the presence of Biden. Pop singer Amy Grant and composer Tania Leon were also among the honorees and were guests of Biden in the White House before the ceremony.

The President acknowledged the achievements of the artists. He jokingly introduced Clooney as “Amal Clooney’s husband”. Amal Clooney is a prominent human rights lawyer.

Named after former President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center is the largest cultural institution in the American capital. Past award winners include Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Robert De Niro, George Lucas, Tom Hanks and Sting. Last year, singer Joni Mitchell and actress Bette Midler received awards, among others.

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