HomeEntertainment newsPres.Barrack & Michelle Obama At The Kennedy Center As Billy Joel,Santana,Shirley MacLaine And Herbie Hancock Are Honored.
Pres.Barrack & Michelle Obama At The Kennedy Center As Billy Joel,Santana,Shirley MacLaine And Herbie Hancock Are Honored.
December 9, 2013
Joel, one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as ‘Just the Way You Are,’ ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘Allentown’ joined Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors in a star-studded event at the White House.
I couldn’t help but notice how Michelle looked ‘Breathtaking’. See more photo’s after the cut…
Shirley Maclaine (left),Billy Joel (center) & Herbie Hancock.
Michelle Obama,Secretary of State John Kerry & Wife Theresa Heinz Kerry.
On Saturday night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the honorees for a black-tie dinner at the State Department. Kerry said the artists had blazed trails and redefined the arts and American culture along the way.
‘They are loved by so many, imitated by some, but never ever can they be replaced,’ Kerry said. ‘We are reminded that the role of arts can also never be replaced.’
Garth Brooks toasted Joel at the dinner, saying his legacy would live on for generations. He said Joel has a special talent for writing songs about everyday people, from steel workers in ‘Allentown’ to soldiers fighting in Vietnam in ‘Goodnight Saigon.’
‘Music has a wonderful gift,’ Brooks said. ‘For those that do it right, they can put you in shoes that you would never understand if it wasn’t for that song.’