Loretta Lynn and James Brown honoured for their contributions to US culture...

White Stripes’ country pal LORETTA LYNN and the ‘Godfather of Soul’ JAMES BROWN were honoured by US President GEORGE BUSH yesterday (December 7) for their contributions to the country’s culture.

The singers were awarded Kennedy Center Honors at the gala ceremony in Washington DC alongside other recipients; actress Carol Burnett, film director Mike Nichols and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Former president George Bush Sr. praised Lynn saying: “I feel very confident in speaking for the entire Bush family in expressing our love and our respect for this national treasure, Loretta.”

According to BBC News, James Brown said of receiving the award: “I feel good” – a reference to one of his most famous hits ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’.

Rapper LL Cool J also paid tribute to ‘The Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness’ by saying: “He broke down mental and social barriers and made it possible for me, a black kid from Queens, to stand in front of presidents and say “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, Jack White spent the summer producing tracks for country star Lynn’s new album and revealed that the new material makes him want to cry.

The collaboration came about after Lynn’s daughter Patsy discovered that the White Stripes’ ‘White Blood Cells’ was dedicated to her mother. Lynn then invited the duo to her Tennessee ranch earlier this spring.

The release date for the album is yet to be confirmed.