Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg, and fashion designer Phillip Lim were among the 200 guests at the event on Friday (25Sep15), which was held for China's President Xi Jinpling and his wife Peng Liyuan.

Ne-Yo, who is part Chinese, took his mother Loraine to the White House dinner, and he also performed a 20-minute set for the gathering.

She told reporters at the event, "I'm the most proud mama."

Other guests included DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, businessman Mark Cuban, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The event included for a four-course meal featuring lobster, lamb, and sorbet.