Paul McCartney received the third Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song yesterday, an award that went to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder in its previous years. He accepted the award from President Obama, then did a few songs himself (including “Michelle” for Mrs. Obama) and then gave the stage to other performers. According to the New York Times, Jack White did “Mother Nature’s Son,” while Grohl screamed his way through “Band On The Run.” Wonder, last year’s winner, was also around to do “We Can Work It Out,” and, of course, “Ebony And Ivory.” The whole thing was taped for a PBS special that will air July 28. For now, check out McCartney accepting the prize below.

Update: There’s a two-minute clip of McCartney — alongside White, Grohl, the Obamas, and Jerry Seinfeld and Elvis Costello — singing “Hey Jude” at the end of the event.


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Comments (2)
  1. I love when Pitchfork has to say “(via Stereogum)

  2. I have a strange mix of feelings as I see this.
    In one hand I remember what Obama being elected meant to me, and how amazing it is to see two people that were so inspiring to me share the stage and show genuine respect to each other.
    And then I see all those people on stage, Jack White and Dave Grohl especially. I mean, who wouldn’t want to say they were on that stage… but they just look so tool-ish, clapping like idiots and barely singing, which reminds me where these guys started and what they are these days.

    Whatever. In the end I think it’s nice.

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