On Wednesday, [lastfm]Paul McCartney [/lastfm]was presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award, given for the artist’s lifetime achievement as a singer and songwriter, was presented to McCartney by President Barack Obama at the White House.
The President called McCartney the most successful songwriter in history and said that the [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] “helped to lay the soundtrack for an entire generation.”
After accepting the award, McCartney gushed, “Getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from THIS president . . . You have billions of us who are rooting for you, and we know you’re going to come through.”
The ceremony featured performances by McCartney (who played such hits as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” and “Michelle”) and guests [lastfm]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm], the [lastfm]Jonas Brothers[/lastfm], [lastfm]Elvis Costello[/lastfm], [lastfm]Faith Hill[/lastfm], [lastfm]Corrine Bailey Rae [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Herbie Hancock[/lastfm].
McCartney is the third musician to receive the Gershwin Prize. Past recipients include Wonder and Paul Simon.