Paul McCartney received his Kennedy Centre Honour as he got a standing ovation from President Barack Obama and the First Lady.
He was awarded for contributions to the arts as well as country singer Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
McCartney was supported by girlfriend Nancy Shevell on the event cheering on. He was introduced by Caroline Kennedy as a “Liverpool lad with a sublime gift for melody”.
When celebrity guests performed McCartney songs, he sat next to the First Lady, the President and his wife dancing joyfully.
Alec Baldwin joked when he introduced the Beatles legend saying it was “kind of a miracle that Paul McCartney has made it this far.”
“A big time solo career wasn’t just handed to him like some lucky America’s Got Talent contestant – he had to earn it.”
He added, “All those early years slogging through groups like the Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, the Silver Beetles, and finally, the plain old Beatles. I can’t begin to tell you how awful those early years were.”
“Paul McCartney is a genius. Paul married rock and roll to beauty, and forever raised the bar for composers, musicians and fans.”
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