Biden tells Gladys Knight he’s ‘crazy’ about her music

President Joe Biden honored Gladys Knight at the White House on Tuesday, presenting the music legend with a National Medal of Arts.

Knight was one of nearly two dozen individuals and organizations recognized for their achievements in the arts and humanities.

During the medal presentation, Biden called Knight an “empress of the soul” and said he was a lifelong fan.

“I’m crazy about his music,” he shared. “Gladys, like I said before, you really are one of the best things that ever happened, music-wise. I’m a fan.”

The “Midnight Train to Georgia” singer hugged the president as she put the medal around her neck.

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Biden also acknowledged you people actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and teased her about playing a politician on the HBO series Veepwho debuted in 2012 when Biden was vice president.

“And my friend, President Julia Louis-Dreyfus,” he said. “I want, I’ll talk to Julia later to find out if she liked being vice president or president better. I have to figure this one out. ”

Below is the full list of winners:

National Medal of Arts
Judith Francisca Baca, artist

Fred Eychaner, philanthropist

Jose Feliciano, musician

Mindy Kaling, actor

Gladys Knight, musician

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress

Antonio Martorell-Cardona, painter

Joan Shigekawa, producer and arts administrator

Bruce Springsteen, musician

Vera Wang, designer

The Billie Holiday Theater

The International Association of Blacks in Dance

National Medal of Humanities
Richard Blanco, writer

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist

Walter Isaacson, writer

Earl Lewis, historian

Henrietta Mann, Native American scholar

Ann Patchet, writer

Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and activist

Amy Tan, writer

Tara Westover, writer

Colson Whitehead, writer

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