Biden Tells Gladys Knight He’s ‘Crazy’ About Her Music

Gladys Knight received National Medal of Arts from President Joe Biden on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. (Credit: YouTube/Washington Post)

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

Knight was among nearly two dozen people and organizations recognized for achievements in the arts and humanities.

While handing out the medals, Biden referred to Knight as the “Empress of Soul” and said he’s a longtime fan.

“I’m crazy about her music,” he shared. “Gladys, as I said before, you’re truly one of the best things ever to happen, in terms of music. I’m a fan.”

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

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Biden also recognized You People actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and teased her about playing a politician on the HBO series Veep, which debuted in 2012 when Biden was vice president.

“And my friend, President Julia Louis-Dreyfus,” he said. “I want to, I’m going to talk with Julia later about whether she liked being VP or President better. I got to figure that one out. ”

Below is the full list of honorees. Watch the video above.

National Medal of Arts
Judith Francisca Baca, artist

Fred Eychaner, philanthropist

Jose Feliciano, musician

Mindy Kaling, actor

Gladys Knight, musician

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actor

Antonio Martorell-Cardona, painter

Joan Shigekawa, producer and arts administrator

Bruce Springsteen, musician

Vera Wang, designer

The Billie Holiday Theatre

The International Association of Blacks in Dance

National Humanities Medal
Richard Blanco, writer

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist

Walter Isaacson, writer

Earl Lewis, historian

Henrietta Mann, Native American academic

Ann Patchett, writer

Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and activist

Amy Tan, writer

Tara Westover, writer

Colson Whitehead, writer