Lots of glamor in the White House: US President Joe Biden welcomed several celebrities to the government headquarters. Hollywood actress Billy Crystal (75), American opera diva Renée Fleming (64) and rapper Queen Latifah (53) appeared at the White House on Sunday evening – shortly before they were awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center’s Lifetime Achievement Prizes .

The other two winners – singer Dionne Warwick (82) and Briton Barry Gibb (76), former singer of the Bee Gees – also made a detour to see Biden before the award ceremony.

The US President praised the work of the five artists in detail. He described Crystal, for example, as an “American showman with a heart of gold” and Queen Latifah as a gifted storyteller.

The Kennedy Center, named after former President John F. Kennedy, is the largest cultural facility in the US capital. Previous honorees include Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Robert De Niro, George Lucas, Tom Hanks and Sting. Last year, Hollywood star George Clooney, rock band U2 and soul singer Gladys Knight were among those honored.