Oprah`s plunging neckline steals show

Washington: It is not often that US first lady Michelle Obama is overshadowed in the glamour stakes but all eyes were on TV mogul Oprah Winfrey during the White House reception for the Kennedy Centre honourees, thanks to a very low cut dress.

The 56-year-old wore a plunging white shirt, which she teamed with a black belt and a long chocolate brown skirt, to the White House event.

Thankfully the rainbow medal she was awarded earlier provided just a few extra inches of coverage on what was otherwise a very revealing neckline.

Winfrey was accompanied by Stedman Graham, her partner of the past 24 years to the star studded gala.

Her daring choice has got the blogosphere buzzing, leaving Michelle, who wore a sleeveless bejewelled gown in maroon and beige, in the shadows.

The talk show queen was joined by Beatle Paul McCartney, dancer-choreographer Bill T Jones, country singer Merle Haggard and Broadway composer Jerry Herman.

Obama spoke at a White House reception for the honorees, praising them for being great human beings.

"Although the honorees on this stage each possess a staggering amount of talent, the truth is, they aren`t being recognized tonight simply because of their careers as great lyricists or songwriters or dancers or entertainers," said US president Barack Obama.

"Instead, they`re being honored 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," said Obama.

The reception was also attended by Julia Roberts, Chris Rock and Claire Danes among others.