The 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors, which featured Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder performing in tribute to U2, will air Wednesday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. U2 was among the five honorees this year, alongside Gladys Knight, George Clooney, Christian music artist Amy Grant and composer/conductor Tania León.
To celebrate U2, Vedder took the stage to perform the Irish group’s songs “Elevation” and “One.” Hozier also took part in a performance of “Walk On.”
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden welcomed U2 into the Kennedy Center in a speech noting, “For more than 40 years, U2 has changed the world.”
“Anthems about civil rights, solidarity of workers, the struggle for peace,” Biden said. “Ballads about love and family. Concerts dedicated to ending poverty and disease.”
The president added, “From this Irish American president in a White House designed by … Irish hands, who built this and designed it, I want to thank U2 for all you’ve done and the way you lift people up.”
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U2 Kennedy Center Honors 2022
“In December 1980, we made our first trip across the Atlantic to America. Our first show was at The Ritz in New York City, the second, The Bayou in D.C. We had big dreams then, fueled in part by the commonly held belief at home that America smiles on Ireland. And it turned out to be true, yet again. But even in the wilder thoughts, we never imagined that 40 years on, we would be invited back to receive one of the nation’s greatest honours…It has been a four-decade love affair with the country and its people, its artists, and culture. We consider America to be a home away from home and we are very grateful to the Kennedy Center Honors for welcoming us into this great clan of extraordinary artists.”
Congratulations to the band U2 for yet another milestone!
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🎥 Kennedy Center Honors
December 4, 2022
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