Paul Pelosi made a dramatic return to Washington’s social scene in the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, more than a month after he suffered a brutal hammer attack at his San Francisco home.
Pelosi joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box seat to watch the annual televised ceremony honoring the likes of George Clooney, Gladys Knight and Irish rockers U2.
Pelosi wore a black hat over his head and a glove on his left hand days after his wife spoke about his recovery.
On one occasion, he was seen smiling and pointing at the President, who smiled and dismissed, while Vice President Kamala Harris grinned.
This year’s honorees are actor George Clooney; singer-songwriter Amy Grant; singer Gladys Knight; the Cuban-born American composer Tania León; and legendary Irish rock band U2, consisting of band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
Pelosi joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box seat to watch the annual televised ceremony wearing a black hat and glove on his left hand
President Biden gesturing to Paul Pelosi (wearing black hat)
Doug Emhoff gives announcer Nancy Pelosi a kiss while her husband Paul looks on
Paul Pelosi was seen at the Kennedy Center shortly after President Biden entered the Kennedy Center Opera House.
He and spokeswoman Pelosi did not walk the red carpet of the gala event in black ties like in previous years.
But the couple sat side by side in the ornate theater.
Pelosi sustained injuries to his head, arm and hands in the brutal attack at his home and “woke up in a pool of his own blood,” according to indictment documents.
His performance topped a feel-good event that celebrated talent of the screen and concert stage, and attracted notable guests and presenters such as Julia Roberts and Matt Damon.
Clooney was good-naturedly mocked by his friends and co-stars.
Roberts wore a dress that had various images of Clooney printed on it. Clooney roared with laughter when he saw it.
Damon, who worked with Clooney on Ocean’s Eleven, derided his former co-star as someone not only known as one of the last movie stars – someone who “once stole Bill Clinton’s stationery and wrote fake notes to actors, saying how much it costs President loves her movies.’
The camera then panned to Clooney, who shrugged.
But the actor wiped away tears as his father, retired TV presenter Nick Clooney, spoke about him.
“I will always be a very proud father,” he said.
Clooney walked the red carpet with his wife Amal.
“We’re seeing Amal Clooney’s husband,” President Biden joked ahead of the White House event
The Speaker appears to be handing over her gavel despite winning her re-election to a San Francisco district
On one occasion, he was seen smiling and pointing at the President, who smiled and dismissed, while Vice President Kamala Harris grinned
Clooney, 61, became a household name in the 1990s with his role as Doug Ross on the TV show ER.
He has acted in a number of films including Batman & Robin, Good Night & Good Luck and Ocean’s Eleven. He is married to humanitarian rights attorney Amal Clooney.
Together, the two founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice.
“We’re seeing Amal Clooney’s husband,” President Biden joked at a reception for the honorees at the White House ahead of the event. he praised Clooney for his “deep empathy” and said he “never forgot” his roots in Kentucky and Ohio.
Roberts, who appears with Clooney in Ticket to Paradise, wore a long dress adorned with photographs of Clooney.
“To see us, to see us in each other, to unite for a common cause — tonight we celebrate a truly extraordinary … group of artists,” Biden said at the White House.
Knight, 78, began singing gospel music at the age of 4 and continued his career spanning decades.
She and her family members formed ‘Gladys Knight & The Pips’ and produced their first album in 1960 when Knight was just 16 years old.
Their classic hits include “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” the former being reimagined at the Kennedy Center by singer-actress Ariana DeBose.
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. met as teenagers at Mount Temple School in Dublin and in 1978 U2 was formed. From the beginning, U2 were characterized by their drive and their ambition and formed as a band – as they said – “before they could play”.
U2’s connection to America goes back decades. They performed in Washington in 1980 during their first tour of America.
Forty years after their formation, U2 is recognized as one of the best live acts in the world. The band has toured the world countless times, released 14 studio albums, sold 170 million albums and won numerous awards including 22 Grammys and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award.
Her songs include “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “With or Without You”, “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
Lead singer Bono has also become known for his philanthropic work to eradicate poverty and raise awareness of AIDS.
Julia Roberts wore a dress with photos of George Clooney in honor of her friend
The awardees attended a reception at the State Department on Saturday night, where they received their medals: In the back row: U2 members Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge and Bono. Bottom row: Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney and Tania Leon
Bono talks to Amy Grant at the State Department reception
Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Amy Grant and George Clooney chat at Saturday night’s reception
Amy Grant’s career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her gospel roots to pop star icon, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist.
Grant, 62, is known for crossover pop hits like “Baby, Baby,” “Every Heartbeat” and “That’s What Love is For.”
She has sold more than 30 million albums and is married to country musician Vince Gill. She told the Associated Press she had never been to the Kennedy Center and attending the honors was her first visit to the cultural center.
Composer and conductor Tania Leon, 79, left Cuba as a refugee in 1967 and eventually settled in New York City. She is a charter member of the Dance Theater of Harlem and created the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series.
She won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Stride.
The 45th Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+ on Wednesday, December 28 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST/PST.
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