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The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: In Performance at the White House - Paul McCartney (2010)

Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House is a PBS music special in the White House East Room. President and Mrs. Obama will ... See full summary »

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Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House is a PBS music special in the White House East Room. President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event in honor of musician Sir Paul McCartney's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The evening will include performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Lang Lang and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld. President Obama will present the Gershwin Prize to McCartney during the event. Written by Yousef Swain

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Paul McCartney made a great guest of honor on "In Performance at the White House"
2 May 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In June 2010, Sir Paul McCartney was given the Gershwin prize by President Barack Obama. The show started by Sir Paul performing "Got to Get You Into My Life" before The Jonas Brothers did "Drive My Car" then Stevie Wonder performed "We Can Work It Out". Then Jerry Seinfeld did his stand up in which he made fun of some of McCartney's lyrics. Faith Hill then sang "The Long and Winding Road" before Elvis Costello warbled "Penny Lane" which he mentioned living near when growing up. There were other fine performances by others but I'll just say how great the whole show was especially when Sir Paul came back on stage and performed "Michelle" after which he mentioned "This is probably the first time I'll get punched by the president!" But Obama was all smiles when he presented him with the medal and it was a fine ending when they all joined to chant the "na na"s of "Hey Jude". Oh, and then there was a black-and-white segment taped earlier of McCartney singing "Yesterday". After all these years, it's still great seeing him still performing his iconic hits and others pay tribute to him when also singing them. So on that note, if you stumble upon this either on PBS or DVD, I highly recommend "The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: In Performance at the White House - Paul McCartney".


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