Music Gear News
Paul McCartney given US honour
Sir Paul McCartney was made a Kennedy Center honouree by US president Barack Obama last night (05.12.10).
The Beatles singer and guitarist was given the award for contributions to American arts and culture, alongside other recipients; talk show host Oprah Winfrey, choreographer Bill T. Jones, composer Jerry Herman and singer Merle Haggard.
At a White House reception for the honourees, the President said: "They're being honoured for their unique ability to bring us closer together and to capture something larger about who we are."
After the reception was a concert paying tribute to the recipients of the awards - hosted at the Kennedy Center in Washington by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - which saw stars including No Doubt and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl taking to the stage to perform songs written by Paul.
No Doubt performed 'Hello, Goodbye' while Dave performed alongside pianist Norah Jones for Paul's track 'Maybe I'm Amazed'.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler then sung a medley of Beatles songs from their 1969 album 'Abbey Road'.
The show was closed with a performance by James Taylor and gospel vocalist Mavis Staples, who played 'Let It Be' and 'Hey Jude', which moved most of the crown, including Paul and the President, to their feet.
Paul later told the BBC: "It's a huge honour. It is one of American's highest honours and as a performing artist it is just great to get it.
"I am a big fan of this president, and I think he's a great man."Posted on 6 Dec 2010 16:15 to category : Band / Celebrity News
Related Music News
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach Spills the Beans On His Less Than Complimentary Thoughts Towards Today's Rock Musicians and Their Work Ethic In the Studio
The prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be honouring several artists this year, including prog legends Yes. Rick Wakeman has stated that he will not be attending.
Laying the foundations for generations of artists to follow, the legendary musician Leonard Cohen has passed away from unspecified causes.
Stating it as more of a necessity for the band, M. Shadows highlights the importance of not stagnating and keeping things exciting
Cancelling his remaining shows in December due to ill health, fears arise over the guitar legends health
Verified by the guitarist himself, Slash's B.C Rich played a pivotal role in Guns N' Roses rise to fame
Recent Music News
With various different entries, Ibanez unleash a spectacular array of signature models to their NAMM 2017 line up
With extensive research conducted into how to make a kit that truly caters to the player and their specific needs, Pearl hit a home run with these one of a kind custom kits
A revamp of one of Ludwig's most popular snares, the Ludwig Black Beauty 14x8 projects classic tone and looks as good as the original
Mackie's Big Knob Studio Interface continues the legacy of its predecessors, championing various new features and exciting tech to reiterate its triumphant return.
Line 6's first ever artist designed guitar, the Shuriken personifies the aggressive and technical playing styles of metal enthusiasts around the world.
Building on the foundations of its predecessor the Prophet 08, the REV2 features a whole array of interesting and innovative additions to its format.