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Obama awards teary Ellen Medal of Freedom

It doesn't matter if you are famous.

If you have no ID, you will still be denied entry into the White House - even if you are an invited guest.

Ellen DeGeneres learnt it the hard way.

"They haven't let me into the White House yet because I forgot my ID," the comedian tweeted on Tuesday afternoon from Lafayette Square. "Not joking."

 

 

They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom

A photo posted by Ellen (@theellenshow) on Nov 22, 2016 at 9:49am PST

 

The 58-year-old was one of 21 people invited to the White House to be awarded the Medal of Freedom, considered to be the highest civilian award in the US. The other medal recipients included Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Michael Jordan.

President Barack Obama recalled how much the TV host underwent before becoming the famous comedian she is today.

"It's easy to forget now, when we've come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law, just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago," Mr Obama said of DeGeneres.

He described her as someone "so full of kindness and light", who unifies the country by showing people that they have more in common than they realise.

"Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together," the president said. "She inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time."

There was no shortage of tears when DeGeneres walked to the podium to receive the medal from Mr Obama.


Adele's son gives sweet post-tour gift

Adele is one happy mum.

The British powerhouse has completed her US tour, and waiting for her at home was a sweet present from her four-year-old son Angelo.

Adele, 28, shared a photo of Angelo's cute, colourful banner, which read, "Mummy You Did It!!!" on Monday night on Instagram.

"I just finished my 107 shows in 10 months. 100% live every night. I bloody smashed it, even if I do say so myself," the singer wrote.

"You lot have been incredible, every night you've been so beautiful, loving and engaged... And my beautiful family made it easy for me to do."

Adele recently told Vanity Fair she's unsure if she would do another massive world tour again.

Instead, the singer said she might do something like a Vegas residency.


Corden to be 'perfect' host of Grammys

James Corden will host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb 12. The British host of The Late Late Show will take over Grammy-hosting duties from hip-hop artist and NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J, who departs after a five-year run.

Corden, who made a strong impression at the Tony Awards this year, is considered the perfect choice to host the music industry's biggest night, thanks to the popular Carpool Karaoke segment he has on his talk show where some of music's biggest stars, including Adele, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga, have been featured.

"I am truly honoured," Corden, 38, said, according to Variety. "It's the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night."


He has a restraining order against me now. I’m just going to have to stay like a 100 feet at everything else we do together.

— US actress Emma Stone on co-starring alongside Canadian actor Ryan Gosling in three films so far

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