Paul Pelosi makes his first public appearance since hammer attack at Kennedy Center honors

Paul Pelosi makes his first public appearance since hammer attack as he joins House Speaker in Kennedy Center box next to Biden to honor George Clooney, U2 and Gladys Knight

  • President Biden, First lady Jill Biden, VP Kamala Harris, and Douglas Emhoff attended the Kennedy Center honors for the second year 
  • This year’s honorees are Clooney; singer-songwriter Amy Grant; singer Gladys Knight; Cuban-born American composer Tania León; and U2 band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. 
  • Pelosi was seated in box next to the president’s box
  • Her husband wore a black hat during the event as he recovers from attack 
  • Kennedy Center Honors will air on Wednesday, December 28 (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST/PST) on CBS and will stream on Paramount+

Paul Pelosi made a dramatic return to Washington’s social scene at the Kennedy Center honors Sunday, more than a month after suffering a brutal hammer attack at his San Francisco home. 

Pelosi joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box seat to view the annual televised ceremony, where artists including George Clooney, Gladys Knight, and Irish Rockers U2 were honored.   

Pelosi wore a black hat over his head and a glove on his left hand, days after his wife spoke about his recovery.   

This year’s honorees are actor George Clooney; singer-songwriter Amy Grant; singer Gladys Knight; Cuban-born American composer Tania León; and iconic Irish rock band U2, comprised of band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. 

Pelosi joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box seat to view the annual televised ceremony, sporting a black hat and a glove on his left hand

Pelosi joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box seat to view the annual televised ceremony, sporting a black hat and a glove on his left hand

He was seen inside the Kennedy Center shortly after President Biden entered the Kennedy Center Opera House. 

Honorees are selected every year for their artistic influences on American culture.

Clooney, 61, became a household name in the 1990s with his role of Doug Ross on the television show ER. 

He’s starred in a slew of fils including ‘Batman & Robin,’ ‘Good Night & Good Luck,’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’  He is married to humanitarian rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

Together the two have created the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

Knight, 78, began singing gospel music at the age of 4 and went on to a career that has spanned decades.

She and her family members started ‘Gladys Knight & The Pips’ and produced their first album in 1960 when Knight was just 16. 

Her classic hits include ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and ‘Midnight Train to Georgia.’

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. met as teenagers at Dublin’s Mount Temple School, and in 1978, U2 was formed. From the beginning, U2 were marked out by their drive and ambition, forming as a band—as they’ve said—’before they could play.’

U2’s connection to America goes back decades. They performed in Washington during their first trip to America in 1980. 

Forty years after they formed, U2 is acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world. The band has toured the globe 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. 

Their 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 to raise awareness about AIDS.

The Honorees 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. In the bottom row: Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, and Tania Leon

The Honorees 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. In the bottom row: Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, and Tania Leon

Bono speaks to Amy Grant at the State Department reception

Bono speaks 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

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 roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist. 

Grant, 62, is well known for crossover pop hits like ‘Baby, Baby,’ ‘Every Heartbeat’ and ‘That’s What Love is For.’

She’s 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 would be her first time visiting the cultural center.

Composer and conductor Tania Leon, 79, left Cuba as a refugee in 1967 and eventually settled in New York City. She’s a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series.

She won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Stride. 

The 45th Kennedy Center Honors will air on Wednesday, December 28 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST/PST on CBS and will stream on Paramount+. 

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