Paul McCartney to be honored at the White House

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Paul McCartney will be presented the third Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House on June 2. As part of the celebration, the legendary Beattle will perform the same evening in the East Wing as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series which will air on PBS stations on Wednesday, July 28.

The concert will also feature musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jonas Brothers, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae.

“Sir Paul has been writing and performing for more than five decades-as a member of iconic groups and as a solo artist-in genres ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to classical compositions,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who selected Sir Paul McCartney for the honor in November 2009. “But he also has made an impact far beyond music through his humanitarianism and activism around the world, which are emblematic of the spirit of the Gershwin Prize.”

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress in 2007 to honor artists whose creative output transcends distinctions between musical styles and idioms, bringing diverse listeners together, and fostering mutual understanding and appreciation. Paul Simon received the first Gershwin Prize in 2007, while Stevie Wonder received the second in 2009.

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