Artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock and Elvis Costello will pay tribute to the former Beatle in a concert at the White House on Wednesday presided over by President Barack Obama.
This is the third year of the award history, previous years Paul Simon in 2007 and Stevie Wonder in 2009 received the honor. McCartney is the first non-American recipient of the award.
“It’s fantastic for me to be here because as a little kid I grew up listening to the music of the Gershwin Brothers and loved it and had no idea, of course, that one day I might be in such a place, getting an honor such as this,” McCartney told a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.
The award was created by the Library of Congress and this year celebrates McCartney’s music career that spans over five decades from his years with The Beatles to his current solo output.
The award was named to honor the American songwriting team of brothers George and Ira Gershwin and “recognizes musicians whose careers reflect a lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of artistic expression and cultural understanding.”
The concert where McCartney is also going to perform, will be aired on TV on July 28.