George Clooney and wife Amal lead the stars at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.


George Clooney and his wife Amal brought plenty of glamour to the red carpet at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

The Lebanese-British lawyer, 44, dazzled is sparkling form-fitting off-shoulder silver gown, while the Ocean’s Eleven star, 61 – who is one of the night’s honorees – looked handsome as ever in a black tuxedo.

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual event celebrating those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. 

Glamorous pair: George Clooney and his wife Amal brought plenty of glamour to the red carpet at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. on Sunday

Glamorous pair: George Clooney and his wife Amal brought plenty of glamour to the red carpet at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. on Sunday

Aside from Clooney, others who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors in Recognition of Lifetime Artistic Achievement are Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and Irish rock band U2. 

Amal coordinated her stylish outfit with a matching silver clutch and sparkling silver bracelet.

The statuesque beauty finalized the look with a pair of pointed-toe silver heels and dangling earrings.

Dazzling: The Lebanese-British lawyer, 44, dazzled is sparkling form-fitting off-shoulder silver gown, while the Ocean's Eleven star, 61, looked handsome as ever in a black tuxedo

Dazzling: The Lebanese-British lawyer, 44, dazzled is sparkling form-fitting off-shoulder silver gown, while the Ocean’s Eleven star, 61, looked handsome as ever in a black tuxedo

Hand-in-hand: The loved-up couple held hands while posing for the shutterbugs

Hand-in-hand: The loved-up couple held hands while posing for the shutterbugs  

Matching: Amal coordinated her stylish outfit with a matching silver clutch and sparkling silver bracelet

Matching: Amal coordinated her stylish outfit with a matching silver clutch and sparkling silver bracelet

Curls! The glamorous human rights attorney wore her voluminous chocolate locks cascading down her shoulders and back

Curls! The glamorous human rights attorney wore her voluminous chocolate locks cascading down her shoulders and back

The glamorous human rights attorney wore her voluminous chocolate locks cascading down her shoulders and back. 

As for glam, George’s wife opted for a smokey eyeshadow and a red lipstick on her pout.

Aside from his wife, George also had another cheerleader on the red carpet: his co-star Julia Roberts, 55, who wore a Moschino gown with photos of Clooney printed on the fabric of her dress.

Honoring George: The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual event celebrating those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture

Honoring George: The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual event celebrating those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture

Special night: Aside from Clooney, others who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors in Recognition of Lifetime Artistic Achievement are Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and Irish rock band U2

Special night: Aside from Clooney, others who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors in Recognition of Lifetime Artistic Achievement are Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and Irish rock band U2

Power couple: The Hollywood power couple happily posed for the shutterbugs

Power couple: The Hollywood power couple happily posed for the shutterbugs

Moral support: Julia Roberts, 55, wore a Moschino gown with photos of Clooney printed on the fabric of her dress

Keeping warm: The Pretty Woman star accessorized her outfit with a black blazer

Moral support: Julia Roberts, 55, wore a Moschino gown with photos of Clooney printed on the fabric of her dress

Pretty Woman: Julia wore her light brunette tresses parted in the middle and cascading down in light waves

Pretty Woman: Julia wore her light brunette tresses parted in the middle and cascading down in light waves

Unique: Julia flashed a bright smile while showing off her unique ensemble

Unique: Julia flashed a bright smile while showing off her unique ensemble 

Dynamic pair: She was joined by her cinematographer husband Daniel Moder, 53, who looked dapper in a black suit

Dynamic pair: She was joined by her cinematographer husband Daniel Moder, 53, who looked dapper in a black suit

Sweet: The coupe were seen having a tender moment as they awaited President Joe Biden's arrival

Sweet: The coupe were seen having a tender moment as they awaited President Joe Biden’s arrival 

Ocean's Eleven co-star: Clooney also received the support of his Ocean's Eleven co-star Matt Damon, 52, and his wife Luciana Barroso, 46

Ocean’s Eleven co-star: Clooney also received the support of his Ocean’s Eleven co-star Matt Damon, 52, and his wife Luciana Barroso, 46

The Pretty Woman star accessorized her outfit with a black blazer.

Julia wore her light brunette tresses parted in the middle and cascading down in light waves.

She was joined by her cinematographer husband Daniel Moder, 53, who looked dapper in a black suit. The couple were seen mingling with Dr. Anthony Fauci at the event. 

Chic pair: Another chic pair of the night proved to be musician Bono, 62 - whose band was one of the night's honorees - as well as his wife Ali Hewson, 61

Chic pair: Another chic pair of the night proved to be musician Bono, 62 – whose band was one of the night’s honorees – as well as his wife Ali Hewson, 61

Lady in red: Ali looked magnificent in a sophisticated bright red long-sleeve gown, while Bono sported a black suit which he paired with round pink-tinted sunglasses

Sleek: She wore her black tresses parted on the side and in a straight style

Lady in red: Ali looked magnificent in a sophisticated bright red long-sleeve gown, while Bono sported a black suit which he paired with round pink-tinted sunglasses

U2: Bono's band member The Edge, 61 - born David Howell Evans - was cool as ever in a black suit and a beanie, while his wife Morleigh Steinberg, 57, stunned in a sparkling black and silver gown

U2: Bono’s band member The Edge, 61 – born David Howell Evans – was cool as ever in a black suit and a beanie, while his wife Morleigh Steinberg, 57, stunned in a sparkling black and silver gown

All together: Honorees Adam Clayton, 62, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr., 61, of U-2 were seen posing together

All together: Honorees Adam Clayton, 62, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr., 61, of U-2 were seen posing together 

Cool guys: Clayton rocked an iridescent blazer while Larry looked trendy in an all-black suit

Cool guys: Clayton rocked an iridescent blazer while Larry looked trendy in an all-black suit

Family affair: The Edge was seen posing with his wife and family

Family affair: The Edge was seen posing with his wife and family 

Clooney also received the support of his Ocean’s Eleven co-star Matt Damon, 52, and his wife Luciana Barroso, 46. 

Damon sported a classic black suit and tie, while his wife wore a high-neck black gown she she accessorized with silver earrings. 

Another chic pair of the night proved to be musician Bono, 62 – whose band was one of the night’s honorees – as well as his wife Ali Hewson, 61. 

Lovely pair: Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, 51, looked spiffy in a black suit and bowtie, while his wife Isla Fisher, 46, shined in an iridescent sequin gown

Lovely pair: Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, 51, looked spiffy in a black suit and bowtie, while his wife Isla Fisher, 46, shined in an iridescent sequin gown

Strawberry: Isla wore her auburn tresses parted on the side and lightly curled

Strawberry: Isla wore her auburn tresses parted on the side and lightly curled

True beauty: She accessorized with large ruby red earrings and drew attention to her magnetic eyes with mascara and smokey eyeshadow

True beauty: She accessorized with large ruby red earrings and drew attention to her magnetic eyes with mascara and smokey eyeshadow

Ali looked magnificent in a sophisticated bright red long-sleeve gown. She wore her black tresses parted on the side and in a straight style.

Meanwhile Bono sported a black suit which he paired with round pink-tinted sunglasses.

Bono’s band member The Edge, 61 – born David Howell Evans – was cool as ever in a black suit and a beanie, while his wife Morleigh Steinberg, 57, stunned in a sparkling black and silver gown. 

Pretty in pink: American journalist Katie Couric, 65, opted for a pop of color with a sleeveless vivid pink gown

Pretty in pink: American journalist Katie Couric, 65, opted for a pop of color with a sleeveless vivid pink gown

Violet vision: West Side Story star Ariana DeBose, 31, sizzled in a form-fitting lavender creation with a thigh-high slit

Silver accents: She wore open-toe silver heels and a diamond lariat chain

Violet vision: West Side Story star Ariana DeBose, 31, sizzled in a form-fitting lavender creation with a thigh-high slit

Showing off: The beauty showed off her spectacular dress from a variety of angles

Showing off: The beauty showed off her spectacular dress from a variety of angles 

They were also joined by their fellow U2 members Adam Clayton, 62, and Larry Mullen Jr., 61. Clayton rocked an iridescent blazer while Larry looked trendy in an all-black suit.

Previous Kennedy Center honoree Garth Brooks, 60, looked country cool in a black cowboy hat and blue jeans, while his wife, Tricia Yearwood, 58, sparkled in an iridescent blue gown. 

Sheryl Crow, 60, was elegant as ever in a floral one-shoulder gown. 

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, 51, looked spiffy in a black suit and bowtie, while his wife Isla Fisher, 46, shined in an iridescent sequin gown. 

Isla wore her auburn tresses parted on the side and lightly curled. She accessorized with large ruby red earrings and drew attention to her magnetic eyes with mascara and smokey eyeshadow.

Floral vision: Sheryl Crow, 60, was elegant as ever in a floral one-shoulder gown

Floral vision: Sheryl Crow, 60, was elegant as ever in a floral one-shoulder gown 

Country love: Previous Kennedy Center honoree Garth Brooks, 60, looked country cool in a black cowboy hat and blue jeans, while his wife, Tricia Yearwood, 58, sparkled in an iridescent blue gown

Country love: Previous Kennedy Center honoree Garth Brooks, 60, looked country cool in a black cowboy hat and blue jeans, while his wife, Tricia Yearwood, 58, sparkled in an iridescent blue gown

Neat beard: The country superstar rocked a neatly groomed beard to the event

Neat beard: The country superstar rocked a neatly groomed beard to the event

Glam pair: Don Cheadle, 58, cut a dapper figure in a black suit and tie. He was joined by wife Bridgid Coulter, 54, who looked glamorous in a halter blue dress

Glam pair: Don Cheadle, 58, cut a dapper figure in a black suit and tie. He was joined by wife Bridgid Coulter, 54, who looked glamorous in a halter blue dress

Icon: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, 82, looked classy in a burgundy jacket and a black shirt with a matching black bowtie

Icon: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, 82, looked classy in a burgundy jacket and a black shirt with a matching black bowtie

Too cool: LL Cool J, 54, sported a black coat and a matching fedora as well as a cool diamond ring accessory on his hand that spelled out his name

Too cool: LL Cool J, 54, sported a black coat and a matching fedora as well as a cool diamond ring accessory on his hand that spelled out his name

American journalist Katie Couric, 65, opted for a pop of color with a sleeveless vivid pink gown. 

West Side Story star Ariana DeBose, 31, sizzled in a form-fitting lavender creation with a thigh-high slit. She accessorized the look with a diamond lariat chain.

Don Cheadle, 58, cut a dapper figure in a black suit and tie. He was joined by wife Bridgid Coulter, 54, who looked glamorous in a halter blue dress. 

Singer Gladys Knight, 78, looked ravishing in a red gown and wore her tresses in a chic updo.  

Another one of the night’s honorees, Cuban-born conductor and educator Tania Leo, 79, looked fantastic in a red sequin gown. 

Ravishing: Singer Gladys Knight, 78, looked ravishing in a red gown and wore her tresses in a chic updo

Ravishing: Singer Gladys Knight, 78, looked ravishing in a red gown and wore her tresses in a chic updo

In red: Another one of the night's honorees, Cuban-born conductor and educator Tania Leo, 79, looked fantastic in a red sequin gown

In red: Another one of the night’s honorees, Cuban-born conductor and educator Tania Leo, 79, looked fantastic in a red sequin gown

Navy look: Contemporary Christian pop singer-songwriter Amy Grant, 62, cut a classy figure in a caped navy silk gown

Navy look: Contemporary Christian pop singer-songwriter Amy Grant, 62, cut a classy figure in a caped navy silk gown

Smart: She accessorized with a navy clutch and wore her brunette tresses in voluminous curls

Smart: She accessorized with a navy clutch and wore her brunette tresses in voluminous curls 

Date night: She was joined by her husband Vince Gill, 65, who looked dashing in a black suit and a bowtie

Date night: She was joined by her husband Vince Gill, 65, who looked dashing in a black suit and a bowtie 

Contemporary Christian pop singer-songwriter Amy Grant, 62, cut a classy figure in a caped navy silk gown. She accessorized with a navy clutch and wore her brunette tresses in voluminous curls. She was joined by her husband Vince Gill, 65, who looked dashing in a black suit and a bowtie. 

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, 82, looked classy in a burgundy jacket and a black shirt with a matching black bowtie. 

LL Cool J, 54, sported a black coat and a matching fedora as well as a cool diamond ring accessory on his hand that spelled out his name.

Actor Richard Kind, 66, looked handsome in a black suit and a bowtie.  

Military escort: Inside the event, the honorees were seen being escorted to the reception by members of the military

Military escort: Inside the event, the honorees were seen being escorted to the reception by members of the military

Ready: George looked in good spirits as he made his way to the East Room of the White House

Ready: George looked in good spirits as he made his way to the East Room of the White House

Sweet: The Edge linked arms with his female military escort

Sweet: The Edge linked arms with his female military escort 

They've come a long way: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. met as teenagers at Dublin's Mount Temple School, and in 1978, U2 was formed

They’ve come a long way: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. met as teenagers at Dublin’s Mount Temple School, and in 1978, U2 was formed

On the way: Bono also received a female escort to the event

On the way: Bono also received a female escort to the event

Friendly salut: He was seen doing a salut

Friendly salut: He was seen doing a salut 

Touched: Commenting on her award, Amy said, 'Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine ever receiving this prestigious Kennedy Center Honors'

Touched: Commenting on her award, Amy said, ‘Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine ever receiving this prestigious Kennedy Center Honors’ 

Arriving: Tania was escorted into the ceremony

Arriving: Tania was escorted into the ceremony

Lovely in red: Gladys made her way inside

Lovely in red: Gladys made her way inside

Happy to be here: She flashed a bright smile at the photographers

Happy to be here: She flashed a bright smile at the photographers 

The President: President Joe Biden, 80, and First Lady Jill Biden, 71, were seen arriving to the reception

The President: President Joe Biden, 80, and First Lady Jill Biden, 71, were seen arriving to the reception

Floral dream: The couple smiled and held hands as they made their way inside, with the First Lady donning a spectacular navy and floral dress

Floral dream: The couple smiled and held hands as they made their way inside, with the First Lady donning a spectacular navy and floral dress

Inside the event, the honorees were seen being escorted to the reception by members of the military. 

President Joe Biden, 80, and First Lady Jill Biden, 71, were seen arriving to the reception hand in hand. The President looked dapper in a black suit while the First Lady donned a spectacular navy and floral dress.

Also present inside was Sean Penn, 62, who was spotted chatting it up with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 

The Kennedy Awards have been presented annually since 1978, culminating each December in a gala celebrating five honorees.

Tender moment: Julia was seen embracing her husband from behind as they awaited the arrival of the president next to Matt and Katie

Tender moment: Julia was seen embracing her husband from behind as they awaited the arrival of the president next to Matt and Katie

Going strong: The loved-up pair have been married for 20 years

Going strong: The loved-up pair have been married for 20 years

Clapping: The audience was seen clapping at one point

Clapping: The audience was seen clapping at one point

Chatting it up: Julia was seen exchanging a word with Katie

Chatting it up: Julia was seen exchanging a word with Katie

Fun night: Julia appeared to be having a blast inside the event

Fun night: Julia appeared to be having a blast inside the event

Fun night: Julia appeared to be having a blast inside the event

Pals: Damon caught up with Don inside

Pals: Damon caught up with Don inside

A good night: Like Julia, the actor also appeared to have a good time at the function

A good night: Like Julia, the actor also appeared to have a good time at the function

A good night: Like Julia, the actor also appeared to have a good time at the function

Bright: Julia was seen flashing a bright smile while glancing at Damon

Bright: Julia was seen flashing a bright smile while glancing at Damon

Two icons: George and Bono were spotted side by side

Two icons: George and Bono were spotted side by side

Making the rounds: Richard Kind, 66, looked handsome in a black suit and a bowtie

Making the rounds: Richard Kind, 66, looked handsome in a black suit and a bowtie

Sean's in the building: Also present inside was Sean Penn, 62, who was spotted chatting it up with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Sean’s in the building: Also present inside was Sean Penn, 62, who was spotted chatting it up with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

An honor: Clooney was seen shaking hands with Biden

An honor: Clooney was seen shaking hands with Biden

Never imagined it: Clooney commented on the honor saying, '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'

Never imagined it: Clooney commented on the honor saying, ‘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’

A surprise: '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'

A surprise: ‘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’

Will air soon: The event will be televised Wednesday, December 28th on CBS

Will air soon: The event will be televised Wednesday, December 28th on CBS

Gentleman: Amal was seen being helped to her seat

Gentleman: Amal was seen being helped to her seat

All eyes on the gown: Amal let her gown do all the talking, and opted for minimal accessories

All eyes on the gown: Amal let her gown do all the talking, and opted for minimal accessories

Glowing: Amal looked positively glowing while supporting her husband

Glowing: Amal looked positively glowing while supporting her husband

Proud wife: She smiled up a storm inside the gathering

Proud wife: She smiled up a storm inside the gathering

Glamorous pair: Sacha and Isla mingled inside

Glamorous pair: Sacha and Isla mingled inside

Clooney commented on the honor saying, ‘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.’

George Clooney’s achievements as a performer and filmmaker have earned him two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, four SAG awards, a BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy, four National Board of Review Awards, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Special evening: Bono looked on as President Biden gave a speech

Special evening: Bono looked on as President Biden gave a speech

Thumbs up: At one point he gave a thumbs up

Thumbs up: At one point he gave a thumbs up

Listening: Clooney was seen listening to the President's remarks

Listening: Clooney was seen listening to the President’s remarks 

The nominees: The nominees were spotted sitting together

The nominees: The nominees were spotted sitting together 

Flawless: Gladys looked flawless and accessorized her outfit with a ruby red ring and dangling diamond earrings

Flawless: Gladys looked flawless and accessorized her outfit with a ruby red ring and dangling diamond earrings

Intent: The Edge looked on intently during the ceremony

Intent: The Edge looked on intently during the ceremony

Shoulder rub: Bono gave Clooney a shoulder run as they posed for a group photo at the event

Shoulder rub: Bono gave Clooney a shoulder run as they posed for a group photo at the event

Films from his production company with Grant Heslov, Smokehouse Pictures, include Warner Bros’ Academy Award®-winning drama Argo, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Midnight Sky, The Ides of March, Boys in the Boat, and Ticket to Paradise.

He has also starred in films such as Out of Sight, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, The Descendants, Gravity, and the Oceans trilogy.

Before his film career, Clooney starred in several television series, becoming best known to TV audiences for his five years on the hit NBC drama ER. His portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross earned him Golden Globe, SAG, People’s Choice, and Emmy Award nominations. 

The event will be televised Wednesday, December 28th on CBS.

Inside the gala: The Edge, Bono, Clooney, and Leon were seen on the red balcony inside the gala

Inside the gala: The Edge, Bono, Clooney, and Leon were seen on the red balcony inside the gala 

Peace: Bono flashed a peace sign to the crowd

Peace: Bono flashed a peace sign to the crowd

Emotional: The musician appeared to be touched by the honor

Emotional: The musician appeared to be touched by the honor

Handshake: The two friends exchanged a handshake

Handshake: The two friends exchanged a handshake 



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