Matt Damon and his wife-of-17-years Luciana Barroso, looked glamorous on the red carpet at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors at the White House on Sunday.
The 52-year-old Good Will Hunting star, who recently discussed going into business with his BFF Ben Affleck, looked handsome as ever in a black tuxedo while Luciana, 46, showcased her slender frame in a sheer form-fitting gown over a black bra top.
Luciana tucked her brunette tresses back in a wavy ponytail and accessorized with a large pair of silver earrings and light makeup.
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual event celebrating those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.
Lovely couple: Matt Damon, 52, and his wife-of-17-years Luciana Barroso, 46, looked glamorous on the red carpet at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors at the White House on Sunday
The Kennedy Awards have been presented annually since 1978, culminating each December in a gala celebrating five honorees. The event will be televised Wednesday, December 28th on CBS.
The 2022 Honorees include: acclaimed actor and filmmaker George Clooney; contemporary Christian and pop singer-songwriter Amy Grant; legendary singer of soul, Gospel, R&B, and pop, Gladys Knight; Cuban-born American composer, conductor, and educator Tania León; and iconic Irish rock band U2, comprised of band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.
George Clooney’s achievements as a performer and filmmaker have earned him two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, four SAG awards, a BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy, four National Board of Review Awards, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has also starred in films such as Out of Sight, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, The Descendants, Gravity, and the Oceans trilogy.
Lovely couple: The 52-year-old Good Will Hunting star looked handsome in a black tuxedo while Luciana, 46, wore a sheer form-fitting gown over a black bra top
Going strong: Matt and his wife – an Argentina-born former bartender – met in Miami back in 2003 when the actor was filming the comedy Stuck on You – pictured speaking with Don Cheadle at the White House reception
The 2022 Honorees: (Back Row L-R) Members of the Irish rock band U2, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, and Bono. (Front Row L-R) US singer-songwriter Amy Grant, legendary US singer of soul, Gospel, R&B, and pop Gladys Knight, US actor George Clooney and Cuban-born American composer, conductor, and educator Tania Leon
Also being Honored was the legendary group U2, comprised of lead singer, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. who met as teenagers at Dublin’s Mount Temple School, and in 1978.
Forty years later, U2 is acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world. The band has toured the globe countless times, released 14 studio albums, sold 170 million albums, and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award.
U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and have twice been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song: in 2003 for ‘The Hands That Built America’ for Gangs of New York, and in 2014 for ‘Ordinary Love’ for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Famous friends: Julia Roberts and Damon are seen at the White House reception
Honoree Amy Grant’s career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist.
With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million and over 1 billion global streams.
In addition to her six Grammy Awards, Grant has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the Music City Walk of Fame and the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Honoree Gladys Knight has long been one of a very few at her vocal level—truly an icon in the music industry. Unmatched in her artistry, she is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner with No. 1 hits in Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary, and she has also triumphed in film and television.
New venture: The Good Will Hunting star recently discussed starting a production company with his BFF Ben Affleck as they have had success together before
5 Honorees per year: The Kennedy Awards have been presented annually since 1978. The 2022 Honorees include: George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and U2
Gladys has recorded more than 38 albums and has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and the BET Awards along with a Legend Award from the Soul Train Awards.
Also being honored was Cuban-born composer, conductor and educator Tania Leon.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Tania León’s orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
US actress Julia Roberts (2nd L), her husband Danny Moder and US actor Matt Damon applaud during a reception for the Kennedy Center Honorees in the East Room of the White House
Waiting for the President to arrive: US actress Julia Roberts (2nd L), her husband Danny Moder (L) and US actor Matt Damon await the arrival of US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden
Matt and his wife – an Argentina-born former bartender – met in Miami back in 2003 when the actor was filming the comedy Stuck on You.
Two years later, they were married. The couple now share three daughters: Isabella, 16, Gia, 14, and Stella, 12.
Luciana also has a daughter from a previous marriage, 23-year-old Alexia.
Matt has lived a low-key lifestyle ever since getting hitched, often remarking how grateful he is to have married a non-famous person.
Cinematographer Daniel Moder, his wife actress Julia Roberts, actor Matt Damon, journalist Katie Couric and her husband John Molner wait for U.S. President Joe Biden to arrive during a reception for the 2022 Kennedy Center honorees at the White House
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