Oprah honoured by President Obama for shaping American culture
The 2010 Kennedy Centre honors gala took place about a day ago with tickets rumoured to have cost an eye watering $350 to $5,000. Who said, there was a recession?
Oprah Winfrey, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and two others were honoured for their part in helping to shape American culture through the arts. Bill T Jones, a dance-choreographer is well known for his chorography of 'Fela'. Paul McCartney is obviously known in his own right but mostly from his part in the sucessful group that was the Beatles.
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President Obama who hosted the awards spoke movingly about the contribution that the five honourees made to America and he paid a special tribute to their ability to bring people together. First lady Michelle Obama added a touch of glamour to the event.
Oprah was also glamorous as usual if not a little risqué with her plunging neckline. She attended the gala with her boyfriend of 24 years, Stedman Graham.
Many were lining up to pay tribute to Oprah.
Journalist Barbara Walters said of Oprah Winfrey "I am totally responsible for your career," but then conceded: "She is the best interviewer ever. No one comes close. Not even me. Those of you who know me, know how painful it was for me to say that."
Actress Julia Roberts gushed, "I think she's pretty damn close to perfect ... fabulous, shining, margarita-drinking perfect."
Chris Rock tribute to Oprah were many but two highlights are:
- "It's amazing to look up and see the most powerful person in the world -- and next to her, Barack Obama. Hey, he didn't get her a job, she got him a job."
- "Oprah is so rich... the Chinese owe her money."
It is also reported that the backing singers for Jennifer Hudson were a choir from Oprah's college, Tenessee State University. That is such a personal touch for Jennifer to get the choir from Oprah's old school.