Paul McCartney Receives Gershwin Prize For Popular Song
Gershwin Prize 2010 Award: Paul McCartney To Be Honored At White House
Paul McCartney is the third recipient of the 3 year old Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, joining previous winners Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
Sir Paul McCartney will be honored Tuesday night at a White House gala that will feature other celebrities including the Jonas Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, and Jerry Seinfeld, and Jack White.
“I intend to just try to have fun,” McCartney said yesterday, but he expressed nervousness about performing “like, three feet away” from President Obama.
“It’s very special. It’s true, I’ve had some great awards, I’ve been really lucky on that score,” McCartney said. “But for an English kid growing up in Liverpool -- the White House -- that’s very special.”
The Gershwin Prize is named after George Gershwin one of the godfather's of the American songbook. For 2010 the U.S. Library of Congress choose to honor Paul McCartney because of his well known contribution to popular music.
Since writing his first song at the age of 14, Paul McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. In the ’60s, as the writer and co-author of The Beatles’ greatest songs, he changed the world of music. Legendary albums include: "Please Please Me," "Revolver," "Help!," "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "The White Album." Paul has continued to push boundaries over the last 30 years, first as a solo artist, then with Wings (with albums that included "Band On The Run" and "Wings at The Speed Of Sound") and following that as a solo artist again, with recent highlights including 2007’s "Memory Almost Full." Most recently he received critical acclaim as "The Fireman" (a collaborative project between McCartney and producer Youth) with their 2008 "Electric Arguments" album.
The performance tonight are part of the a White House special to be aired latter on PBS. It is great to see Sir Paul McCartney honored, but in 2011 perhaps Bob Dylan should be getting the award?