Alright here's the official scoop kids. From the Daily Variety. It has nothing to do w/ John at all.
August 19, 2002
McCartney delays his Kennedy Center kudos
by Paul Harris
WASHINGTON - Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding.
McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married over the Dec. 7-8 weekend, when the honors are scheduled...
"...I was caught in a landslide, but I didn't dare let it show..."