Gladys Knight to perform at White House Sunday night

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced today that Gladys Knight will perform for President Obama Sunday at the 2011 Governors' Dinner.

In a C-Span video of the press briefing posted on, Carney's announcement drew some good-natured laughter when a reporter asked, "Are the Pips coming?"

Carney rolled with the lighthearted question: "I will ask about the Pips."

Knight has strong ties to Utah. She joined the Utah-based Mormon Church in 1997 and was the headline act on a CD produced for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

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