Human rights group Amnesty International landed the celebrity party to end all celebrity parties in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night (06 December 2009) when charity bosses chose to honour longtime supporters Bruce Springsteen and Sting. In addition, about 300 guests, including Jack Black, Edward Norton, Matthew Broderick, Ben Stiller, Martin Scorsese, Sting, Philip Seymour Hoffman were at a reception in the East Room of the White House.
Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, John Mellencamp, Sting, Melissa Etheridge and more paid also tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC on Sunday. Robert DeNiro, Mel Brooks, Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and Opera soprano Grace Bumbery were the other honorees at this year's ceremony, which will air as a television special on December 29 on CBS. Jon Stewart began the tribute to The Boss, saying that as a kid from New Jersey, he instantly connected with Springsteen's music. "When you listen to Bruceís music, you arenít a loser," Stewart said, according to Rolling Stone. "You are a character in an epic poem about losers." Then Mellencamp sang "Born in the U.S.A.," Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland did "Glory Days" with a Country twist, Vedder offered an acoustic version of "My City of Ruins," Etheridge rocked the house with "Born To Run," Harper did his take on "My Fatherís House" from Nebraska, and Sting ended the musical tribute with "The Rising."