Gladys Knight Awarded w/ Kennedy Center Honors From President Joe Biden

Gladys Knight Awarded w/ Kennedy Center Honors From President Joe Biden


The stars were out in Washington, D.C. Sunday (Dec. 4) night for the 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight, 78, received the Kennedy Center Honors for her contribution to the arts. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their spouses attended, as did members of the president’s Cabinet and Congress.

On the red carpet, actor George Clooney — a big Gladys Knight fan — recalled a moment from the dinner where the honorees received their medallions.

“Gladys got up and sang and, you know, just a cappella started to sing…The only thing that was terrible was that I had to follow. So there’s 300 people in the room going, this is transcendent — and I’m like ‘God, this is horrible! I have follow Gladys Knight!”

Gladys Knight

Other honorees included Amy Grant, George Clooney, Tania León and U2. They all lined up for photos and took in the applause as Joe Biden sang their praises. At one point, he even singled out Gladys Knight specifically and made a joke about a classic song of hers. Biden called all the honorees “truly exceptional” during the reception noting George Clooney’s exceptional movie roles over the years, as well as his philanthropy.

Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Eddie Vedder, Brandi Carlile and a host of others also offered praises and kind words for the honorees.

It’s safe to say Gladys Knight is definitely getting her flowers while she is still here.

As previously reported, the Empress of Soul will soon be releasing a mini-series about her life. According to reports, Knight, who recorded more than 38 albums in her career, has teamed up with Cineflix Productions to put together a scripted mini-series that she intends to executive produce through her Empress of Soul Productions banner. It was suggested that Gladys Knight’s project could be compared to “The Crown,” taking on different aspects of her life. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s personal life will reportedly also be covered in the series.

The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony is set to air Wednesday, December 28. at 8 PM est on CBS.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole