Neil Diamond is 2nd from left...
Neil Diamond and Obama

The Kennedy Center Honors are lifetime achievement awards for performing artists and an annual love-in for the entertainment world. It's also a moment for the staid Washington D.C. social scene to bask in the glow of non-political superstars. This year's honorees, celebrated Sunday night (12/4), were Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep.

The Honors, in their 34th year, were hosted by JFK daughter Caroline Kennedy (after many years with Walter Cronkite at the helm). It's one of those occasions that forces odd pairings, where you can find the House Minority Leader sitting next to the CEO of CBS, Senators sitting next to stars from Sex and the City -- and presidential hopefuls (like Newt Gingrich) clapping alongside the man currently in office. "Everybody sings Neil Diamond songs," Obama said at a reception earlier that day, "no matter how many drinks they've had." [TIME]

Neil Diamond has added a 2nd June date at Jones Beach to his recently-announced tour. Both are on sale now.