Published May 25, 2010On June 2, Paul McCartney will become only the third artist ever to receive what is arguably the United States' most prestigious music award: the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In a gala held at the White House, the ex-Beatle will perform a few songs before being paid tribute by a number of respected guests, both musical and otherwise.
Besides U.S. President Barack Obama, guests in attendance will include Jack White, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Corinne Bailey Rae and, um, the Jonas Brothers, all of whom will be playing McCartney songs of their choice, as well as Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock and Jerry Seinfeld.
The event will be taped and will air on PBS stations worldwide on July 28.
The Gershwin Prize was founded by the Library of Congress in 2007 and has been awarded only twice to date: to Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. The prize seeks, according to a release, "to honour artists whose creative output transcends distinctions between musical styles and idioms, bringing diverse listeners together and fostering mutual understanding and appreciation."
We just want to know what McCartney song Jack White is planning to play. And, for a very different set of reasons, which one will be played by the Jonas Brothers.