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Paul McCartney to tape White House performance for PBS

Paul McCartney will perform June 2 at the White House for a concert that will appear on PBS stations in July.

McCartney will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award that recognizes the positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. Performers who will salute McCartney in the White House East Room are scheduled to include Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris and Jack White. President Obama, who has been quoted as preferring the Rolling Stones to the Beatles, will confer the award on Sir Paul.

The 90-minute special, part of the PBS "In Performance at the White House" series, will air July 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The last time McCartney was scheduled to visit Washington, DC, to pick up an honor, he bowed out. Macca was named one of the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002, the event's 25th anniversary, but canceled on the organization to attend a family wedding. He said he would gladly accept the award in 2003, but the Kennedy Center has yet to invite him back as an honoree. Last year, the Gershwin Prize went to Stevie Wonder.

Last Updated: 05/25/10 12:42
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Paul McCartney will perform June 2 at the White House for a concert that will appear on PBS stations in July. McCartney will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award that recognizes the positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. Performers who will salute McCartney in the White House East Room are scheduled to include Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris and Jack White. President Obama, who has been quoted as preferring the Rolling Stones to the Beatles, will confer the award on Sir Paul.