Legendary singer and songwriter Gladys Knight is finally getting the flowers she deserves.
On Tuesday, the Midnight Train to Georgia star was one of several musical icons to receive a National Medal of Art from President Joe Biden.
The 78-year-old donned a pink suit, chic black cat-eye frames and a half-up, half-down hairstyle while making an appearance at the White House to accept the award. When her name was called, the entire room erupted in applause as she stepped up to the podium to receive one of the country’s highest honors.
“The National Medal of Arts recipients have helped to define and enrich our nation’s cultural legacy through their life long passionate commitment,” National Endowment for the Arts chair Maria Rosario Jackson said. “We are a better nation because of their contributions. Their work helps us see the world in different ways. It inspires us to reach our full potential and recognize our common humanity. I join the President in congratulating and thanking them.”
The Atlanta native was recognized for “exceptional talent” that has “influenced musical genres” spanning over 50 decades. She rose to international appeal with several chart-topping hits, including That’s What Friends Are For and I Heard It Through the Grapevine.
Knight was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and in 2022, the artist, who has been considered one of the greatest singers of all time, was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors.