“Growing up in a small kentucky town, I never could have imagined that one day I would be the one sitting on the balcony of the Kennedy Center Honors. Being mentioned along with the rest of these incredible artists It is an honor“Clooney pointed out after learning that he will be one of the winners at the media gala to be held on December 4.
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The prestigious Kennedy Center Awards, which are presented annually The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1978, recognize the artists who have most enriched America’s culture and his gala, which is broadcast on television, is traditionally attended by the president of that country.
After the then president donald trump (2017-2021) avoided attending during his entire term, the current ruler, Joe Bidenresumed last December the tradition of attending the ceremony, which is held in the iconic Kennedy Center Opera House.
Together with the American actor and the Irish group led by Bond, Christian and contemporary pop singer-songwriter will be honored Amy Grant; legendary soul, gospel, R&B and pop singer Gladys Knight and the American composer, director and educator of Cuban origin Tanya Leon.
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“In December of 1980 we made our first trip across the Atlantic to America (…) We had big dreams then, fueled in part by the belief that the United States smiles on Ireland (…) It has been a love story of four decades with the country and its people, its artists and culture”declared for their part the members of the group formed by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
The president of the center Deborah F. Rutter, noted that for nearly half a century the Kennedy Center Honors: “have represented the best of America’s creative culture” and the awards recognize not just a performance, album or film, but value the cumulative work and influence of an artist over many decades”.
This year’s selected honorees were chosen based on the recommendation of the Center’s Special Honors Advisory Committee, which is chaired by David Bohnett and includes past winners and performers such as actress Julie Andrewssinger Gloria Estefan and the composer Lionel Richie. -EFE
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The band U2 and actor George Clooney will be honored at the Kennedy Center Awards