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Paul McCartney to be feted with Gershwin Prize at White House

Paul McCartney-Gary Friedman

Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Jerry Seinfeld, the Jonas Brothers and others will pay tribute to Paul McCartney at the White House on June 2 when the ex-Beatle is feted as the latest recipient of the Library of Congress George Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The performance will be hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and also will include performances by Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl and McCartney himself during a presentation that will be recorded for airing July 28 on PBS stations.

McCartney is the third recipient of the Gershwin prize since its inception in 2007 to recognize “the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member follows Paul Simon and Wonder as the first two honorees.

Just one question: Jerry Seinfeld -- what's up with that?

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Photo of Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl in March. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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With all due respect, giving Sir Paul another award is a waste of time, money, and especially, tax dollars!!!

I love the Beatles Music, I like Sir Paul.....he's a good Blok from Brit....but he's had enough awards, attention, etc....come on "give peace a chance".

My profound respect and admiration for Paul, developed from an extremely young-age. A gig for that regime at 1600 Pennsylvania, in Washington, D.C.?
Didn't he already play Red Square?

Well, if there's ever been a singer/songwriter/entertainer to ever deserve all the accolades, awards and attention, it's Paul McCartney. Celebrating and honoring a living legend such as Sir Paul doesn't rank in the top million of wasteful things going on in DC. Kudos to Paul, whose given me and millions of fans the background music for our lives.

it will be a jolly good rockin' party worth my tax dollars and my PBS donation...I shall view it come July with glee!...Now why is Jerry (Mr. Not Funny--Boring Comic)Seinfeld part of this soiree?...Wasn't Kathy Griffin available?

I have loved the Beatles since the 60's and was not going to see Paul in any solo concerts after Wings. However, I gave in and saw him in the US tour. WOW! What a show! He definitely knows how to connect with an audience. And I have since developed a liking for Wings songs - maybe the nostalgia. Paul has definitely given to this country. I think it's a fitting tribute to honor him. Rock on, Paul!

....what????.....no jazz, no blues artist invited??...that music is our countrys' original art form....if it wasn't for that genre none of those people would have recognition!!!


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