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With Kennedy Center honors Sunday, Sir Paul McCartney is now America's darling
December 4th, 2010
His name may be Sir Paul McCartney in certain circles, but in the United States, there's no doubt he's our guy.
In 2010 alone, McCartney played the White House and was honored by the President of the United States. He gave a news conference at the Library of Congress (see the video on our YouTube channel here).
He toured the U.S. extensively this, playing from coast to coast, including the upcoming Apollo Theater show for Sirius/XM radio.
And all the while, Americans can't get enough. The tour's been a huge success, both with fans and critics. Americans love the music and they love him. Not bad for a guy near 70. Now comes the Kennedy Center Honors, which take place on Sunday night. (They'll be broadcast in the U.S. from 9-11 p.m. Dec. 28 ET/PT on CBS.)
Next to the White House ceremony, this is pretty much the epitome of American celebrations. He won't be alone -- also being honored are Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman and Bill T. Jones. How much more American can you get?
He's also in great past company. The awards, in their 33rd year, and which honor five recipients annually, have previously featured Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, George Jones and Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Not all of them are American, but most are.
There are reports going around that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will croon Beatles songs at the ceremony in McCartney's honor. A McCartney rep told us he couldn't confirm or deny the report. If it's true, we hope he has some loud backup.
At any rate, America doesn't have knighthood, but the Kennedy Center honors and being celebrated at the White House are about as close as you can get. For a guy from humble beginnings in Liverpool, it doesn't get much better than this.