U2, George Clooney, and Gladys Knight among five chosen for the 45th Kennedy Center’s Honors

U2, George Clooney, and Gladys Knight among five chosen for the 45th Kennedy Center’s Honors
Tania León (L), George Clooney (C), and Amy Grant (R) are three of the performing artists who will be honored for a lifetime of achievement by the Kennedy Center this year (Photo: Kennedy Center org)

Kennedy Center toasts honorees for their achievements in American culture in the fields of music, dance, theater, opera, cinema, and television every year. They have officially announced that Oscar-winner George Clooney, "The Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight, "The Queen of Christian Pop" Amy Grant, Pulitzer Price-winner Tania León, and legendary rock band U2 comprising of members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr will be officially honored during this year's 45th ceremony by Kennedy Center.


The 44th Kennedy Center Honors last year recognized bass-baritone Justino Diaz; songwriter, producer, and director Berry Gordy; creator of 'Saturday Night Live' Lorne Michaels; famous stage and film icon Bette Midler; and musician Joni Mitchell. 



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Where to watch Kennedy Center's Honors 2022? 

For fans and viewers exclusively, Kennedy Center is planning to record and air at a later date as a two-hour prime-time special on CBS and also will stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ for them to witness the 45th grand honoring ceremony. 

When to watch Kennedy Center's Honors 2022? 

The five honorees George Clooney, Rock band U2, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, and Tania León will be celebrated on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at a celebrity-packed event at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC. 


45th Kennedy Center Honoree Statements


U2, Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. (from left) will be among the honorees (photo: Kennedy Center-org)
U2, Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr (from left) will be among the honorees (photo: Kennedy Center-org)

U2, featuring singer Bono, guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr, said, “In December 1980, we made our first trip across the Atlantic to America. Our first show was at The Ritz in New York City, and the second, at The Bayou in DC We had big dreams then, fueled in part by the commonly held belief at home that America smiles on Ireland. And it turned out to be true, yet again. But even in the wilder thoughts, we never imagined that 40 years on, we would be invited back to receive one of the nation’s greatest honors…It has been a four-decade love affair with the country and its people, its artists, and culture. We consider America to be a home away from home and we are very grateful to the Kennedy Center Honors for welcoming us into this great clan of extraordinary artists.”


George Clooney

George Clooney ( Photo: Kennedy Center- org)
George Clooney (pictured) is among the five honorees ( Photo: Kennedy Center- org)

American actor and filmmaker George Clooney said that he is genuinely excited about this ceremony. He said, “Growing up in a small town in Kentucky I could never have imagined that someday I’d be the one sitting in the balcony at the Kennedy Center Honors. To be mentioned in the same breath with the rest of these incredible artists is an honor. This is a genuinely exciting surprise for the whole Clooney family.”  


Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight is taking the midnight train to the Kennedy Center ( photo: Kennedy Center-org)
Gladys Knight (pictured) will be honored at the Kennedy Center ( photo: Kennedy Center-org)

Gladys Knight remarked in a statement, "To be honored as a Kennedy Center Honoree is among the highlights of my career. I stand here with my fans, my family, my friends, my team, and my faith in accepting such an amazing distinction. It is dedicated to all those who paved the path for me to be able to accomplish the wonderful blessings I’ve been able to receive. The Kennedy Center’s commitment to the arts is unparalleled and I am so very grateful for this moment.”


Amy Grant

Amy Grant ( photo: Kennedy Center-org)
Amy Grant (pictured) is among the five honorees ( photo: Kennedy Center-org)

American singer, songwriter, and musician Amy Grant said, “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine ever receiving this prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Through the years, I’ve watched so many of my heroes serenaded by colleagues and fellow artists, always moved by the ability of music and film to bring us together and to see the best in each other. I cannot wait to celebrate with my fellow honorees, friends, and family. Thank you for widening the circle to include all of us.”


Tania León

Tania León was born in Cuba and lives in New York (Photo: Kennedy Center-org)
Tania León (pictured), who was born in Cuba and lives in New York, will also be honored at the Kennedy Center (Photo: Kennedy Center-org)

Cuban-born American composer Tania León recalled her life's journey and said, “Little did I imagine when studying in La Habana that life was going to grace me with such a distinction! My first thoughts went to my ancestors: they believed in my dreams, and what we lacked in material wealth, they made up for in spirit, encouragement, and support. My heartfelt thanks go to the many people who have blessed my path by helping my talent blossom and by giving me the chance to be heard. I am incredibly humbled to join such a prestigious family of artists and deeply grateful to the Kennedy Center for bestowing me with this incredible honor.”



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President Joe Biden celebrated the artists last year during the 44th edition ceremony at the Kennedy Center Honors. 

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