Friday, May 24, 2024

Watch President Joe Biden Give National Medal of Arts to Gladys Knight, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Tan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, More


Twenty three deserving Americans received Presidential Medals of Honor yesterday from Joe Biden.

A lot of press was given to Bruce Springsteen, who we all love and Biden does, too.

But I was most excited about Gladys Knight, whom Biden dubbed “The Empress of Soul,” getting her medal. No one deserves it more. I love the fact that Gladys is finally getting incredible recognition. She just received a Kennedy Center Award.

Some of the others in yesterday’s group included journalist Walter Isaacson, “Just Mercy” writer Bryan Stevenson, actress Julia Louis Dreyfus, novelist Amy Tan, and writer Mindy Kaling.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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