Paul McCartney Honored at the White House
Paul McCartney was honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award offered by the Library of Congress in June. In acceptance, he performed with an all-star lineup in the East Room at the White House. Other performers included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, and Corinne Bailey Rae.McCartney performed many hits he had with the Beatles as well as some his own songs as a solo artist. One song he had been itching to do at the White House is Michelle.The legendary artist also mentions one of the highlights of the night was being able to sing Ebony and Ivory with Stevie Wonder for the first black president. The lyrics to the song suddenly seemed to have more significance to me in that setting, he said.McCartney also added that he was blown away by the presidents courtesy and humility when Obama went around shaking the hands and thanking the members of McCartneys crew. He called it heartwarming and that it takes a great man to do that.The Gershwin Prize commemorates George and Ira Gershwin, the acclaimed songwriting team whose extensive manuscript collections are kept in the Library of Congress.In Performance at the White House Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize premiered on Wednesday on PBS, and will be showing on the network throughout the week.