Elvis Costello, Jack White, Many More Pay Tribute to Paul McCartney at White House

May 26, 2010  |  3:00pm

As if joining the ranks of Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder—the only other musicians to be awarded the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—wasn’t enough, Paul McCartney will also be honored with tribute performances by Wonder, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Faith Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae, the Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock and Elvis Costello when President Obama presents him with the award at the White House on June 2.

As stated on the official White House website: “The prize commemorates George and Ira Gershwin, the legendary American songwriting team whose extensive manuscript collections reside in the Library of Congress. The prize is awarded to musicians whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.”

The television broadcast of McCartney’s reception and various tribute performances, titled, “In Performance at the White House Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize,” will air on PBS July 28.

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