Paul McCartney to Receive Kennedy Center Honor

September 8, 2010  |  12:38pm

Paul McCartney will be among those celebrated at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors for his contributions to American pop culture.

Sir Paul will receive the award at a special state dinner at the White House on Dec. 4. A gala paying tribute to him and fellow honorees Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman and Bill T. Jones will be taped on Dec. 5.

In a statement on his website, McCartney wrote, “President Kennedy was such an icon for us in the sixties, and his presidency was so inspiring for so many people that it is a great pleasure for this kid from Liverpool to receive this honor.”

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on Dec. 28.

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