U2 has been selected as part of the 45th Kennedy Center Honors class.
The Kennedy Center Honors are given to artists from a variety of fields for their impact on culture in the United States. In addition to U2, the The 45th Kennedy Center Honors class includes George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight and Tania Leon.
In a joint affidavit, U2 said“In December 1980, we made our first trip across the Atlantic to America. Our first show was at the Ritz in New York, the second, The Bayou in DC We had big dreams then, fueled in part by the widespread belief among us that America smiles on Ireland. And it turned out to be true, again. But even in the wildest thoughts, we never would have imagined that 40 years later, we would be invited back to receive one of the highest honors in the nation.
The band added: “It has been a four-decade love affair with the country and its people, its artists and its culture. We consider America a home away from home and are so grateful to the Kennedy Center Honors for welcoming us into this great clan of extraordinary artists.
The 45th Kennedy Center Honors will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on Sunday, December 4. A broadcast of the event will air on CBS at a later date.
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