U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in their box to celebrate the 2014 Kennedy Center honorees, including actor Tom Hanks (L), at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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An Englishman in New York was the toast of Washington on Sunday as British pop star Sting was feted with fellow recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors.He took time off from his Broadway show "The Last Ship" to join Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, 1970s soul man Al Green, comedienne Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride at a gala ceremony in the US capital.Bestowed by the nation's premier performing arts institute, the Kennedy Center Honors are regarded as the highest recognition of cultural achievement in the United States.The three-hour gala is to be telecast in the United States on the CBS network December 30 .Canadian-born Short led an unabashedly patriotic American tribute to Hanks inspired by the 1942 film musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy," complete with military trumpeters marching down the aisles.It fell on a current-day chart-topper, Bruno Mars, to bring the night to a close, and the crowd to its feet, with a medley of hits from Sting's 1980s new wave band The Police, including "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle".
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