The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that U2 and Gladys Knight are among the honorees who will be recognized at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. Other recipients include the “Queen of Christian Pop” Amy Grant, actor and director George Clooney, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Tania León. Previous honorees include Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Joan Baez, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Philip Glass. The annual ceremony is set for December 4 at Washington, D.C. and will broadcast at a later date on CBS.
Gladys Knight remarked in a statement:
U2, featuring singer Bono, guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr., said: