Paul McCartney’s White House Fête

Jun 2, 2010 1:34pm

From Sunlen Miller:

Tonight is Sir Paul McCartney's night at the White House. And the Obamas are honoring him with quite a star-studded soirée.

The night will bring out Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, the Jonas Brothers, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Jerry Seinfeld, among others, to honor singer, composer and song-writer Paul McCartney, recipient of this year’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.

The Gershwin prize was created in 2007 to “honor artists whose creative output transcends distinctions between musical styles and idioms, bringing diverse listeners together, and fostering mutual understanding and appreciation,” and commemorates George and Ira Gershwin. McCartney is the third winner – following Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

In a glitzy East Room concert this evening, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will listen to the line-up of entertainers perform songs of McCartney’s. The audience will also hear a performance from the man of the hour himself.

“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 “In Performances at the White House” is a PBS music special airing July 28.

-Sunlen Miller

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