Tuesday night was the special TV broadcast of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors awarding this year’s recipients Sting, Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride.
During the broadcast, artists Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars took the stage for a star-studded musical tribute to Sting’s biggest solo and Police hits, reports Rolling Stone.
Springsteen, who himself earned the Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, kicked off the tribute with a gritty rendition of Sting’s “I Hung My Head” as Sting clapped his hands in approval. Watch below.
Lady Gaga livened things up with a bluesy take on Sting’s “If I Ever Loose My Faith In You” while sitting at the piano dressed in satin pantsuit and platinum wig. Watch below.
In a big finale, Bruno Mars rocked the auditorium with a spirited reggae medley of two Police hits “So Lonely” and “Message In A Bottle” that had everyone, including President Obama and the First Lady, singing along. At the very end, Sting’s The Last Ship musical cast joined Mars on stage, as well as Springsteen and Meryl Streep, to give him a big send off. Watch below.