- Mark Sauvage
- Music Reporter
Julia Roberts showed her support for George Clooney at a gala honoring the prestigious Kennedy Center by wearing a special gown emblazoned with his portrait.
The long black gown featured framed photos of the star throughout his career, starting with his role as Doug Ross on ER.
Clooney was among the many lifetime achievement honorees at this year’s Kennedy Center Awards
Also among the honorees were rock group U2 and singer Gladys Knight.
The prestigious event was attended by celebrities and political figures, including Matt Damon, Patti Labelle, Sean Penn, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Sacha Baron Cohen and Big Bird from the children’s show “Sesame Street”.
Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also attended the party for the first time since he was attacked at his home in late October.
Pelosi, who was wearing a black hat to cover head injuries sustained in a hammer attack at his home, received a standing ovation, and President Joe Biden shook his hand.
Earlier, at a White House reception, the president paid tribute to the “extraordinary group of artists” for their achievements and contributions to the arts.
“Thank you for showing us the power of the arts,” Biden said.
Citing U2 One’s song, Biden continued, “At a moment when there is so much hate, so much anger, so much division here in America and, frankly, all over the world, we have to remember today, as U says.” 2, “We are one, but we are not the same. We have to put up with each other.”
The band was later celebrated on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, who sang some of their songs; Ukrainian singer Jamala sang Walk On.
The song was originally written to honor Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but has recently been rewritten as an anthem of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
U2 singer Bono sang the song in Kyiv earlier this year at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
But Borat’s Sacha Baron Cohen sneered at U2 for their partnership with Apple, which resulted in their album “Songs of Innocence” being automatically added to Apple device holders’ iTunes libraries.
Borat spoke a few words in Kazakh, then translated: “This means: ‘Please remove your miserable album from my iPhone’.”
Actor Matt Damon Clooney, who co-starred in the movie “Ocean’s Eleven”, laughed at him on stage. Damon said Clooney “stole papers from Bill Clinton and wrote notes to the actors saying how much the president loved their movies.”