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Kennedy Center Honors: George Clooney, U2, Gladys Knight Among This Year’s Recipients

Amy Grant and Tania León round out this year's class of people honored for their artistic achievements.

Photos courtesy the Kennedy Center.

Actor George Clooney, Irish band U2, soul singer Gladys Knight, Christian musician Amy Grant, and Cuban composer Tania León are this year’s recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, the arts institution announced Thursday.

In a statement, U2 mentioned that the band’s second-ever US show took place at the Bayou in Georgetown the night before John Lennon was killed (can you imagine Bono’s stage banter the following evening?). “[W]e never imagined that 40 years on, we would be invited back to receive one of the nation’s greatest honours,” the band wrote.

The honorees will be fêted December 4, with a TV date to be announced later.


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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.