OprahWinfrey received an award at the 33rd KennedyCentre Honours last night (06.12.10).
The chat show host was one of five celebrities - along with Sir Paul McCartney, country singer Merle Haggard, Broadway composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones - honoured at the event held at the White House in Washington DC.
Oprah - who was accompanied by her long-term partner Stedman Grahan - and Paul held hands on stage as US President Barack Obama addressed the crowd, saying the recipients had "given the nation the extraordinary gift of the arts".
He added: "Although the honourees on this stage each possess a staggering amount of talent, the truth is, they aren`t being recognised tonight simply because of their careers as great lyricists or songwriters or dancers or entertainers.
"Instead, they`re being honoured for their unique ability to bring us closer together and to capture something larger about who we are - not just as Americans, but as human beings."
No Doubt performed the Beatles` track `Hello, Goodbye` while stars such as Julia Roberts, Claire Danes, Steven Tyler, Angela Lansbury and Sidney Poitier attended the star-studded evening.
After Oprah received the award at the KennedyCentre Honours, comedian Chris Rock joked "No one deserves this award more than OprahWinfrey, but no one needs it less."