FLOTUS shined in a forest green off-the-shoulder Gucci gown covered in shimmery pink flowers and emerald green leaves. She let the dress do all the talking by keeping her hair and makeup simple, opting for a center-part for her new shoulder-length bob and pretty pink lips, and accessorizing with understated drop-down silver ball earrings. As for the president, he looked quite dapper himself in a black suit and bow tie.
All eyes would have been on the pair anyway, but the evening was an especially big one for them, as the country is eagerly watching as Obama fulfills his last few months in office.
Despite that pressure, the evening certainly didn't disappoint. Stephen Colbert hosted the 39th annual gala for the third year in a row, with this year's event honoring five art legends: actor-director Al Pacino, songwriter James Taylor, gospel singer Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich, and the surviving members of the rock band the Eagles, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh.
During his remarks, Obama admitted that being able to participate in the gala was "one of the perks of the jobs."
"The arts have always been part of life at the White House because the arts are always central to American life," he said. "That's why over the past eight years Michelle and I have invited some of the best writers, musicians, actors and dancers to share their gifts with the American people and to help tell the story of who we are."
The hosts were also good sports, as Colbert didn't leave them out of his jokes. "For the past eight years, the White House has given us a leader who's passionate, intelligent and dignified," the Late Show host said, to which the crowd gave Obama another standing ovation, prompting the president to stand and wave, according to CBSNews.
"Sir, I don't even know why you stood up. I was talking about Michelle," Colbert added.
In addition to the honorees, many more famous faces were in attendance, including Laurence Fishburne, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Kings of Leon, Ringo Starr, and Aretha Franklin.
The 39th Kennedy Center Honors will air Tuesday, Dec. 27 on CBS and CBS All Access at 9 p.m. ET.