Barack Obama to present Paul McCartney with 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honour

McCartney follows the likes of Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan in receiving the award

Paul McCartney is to be presented with the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honour by Barack Obama this December.

McCartney has been selected to receive the award because of his lifetime contribution to American culture. He’ll be presented with the accolade at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC on December 5. The event will see a host of special guests honour McCartney.

Speaking about the annual award, McCartney said: “President Kennedy was such an icon for us in the ’60s and his presidency was so inspiring for so many people that it is a great pleasure for this kid from Liverpool to receive this honour.”

McCartney follows in the footsteps of the likes of Robert De Niro, Brian Wilson, Steven Spielberg and Bob Dylan in receiving the award.

In June, he was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at The White House.