PBS tonight airs the long-awaited “Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House” at 8 p.m. EDT, with an encore showing at 9:30.
It’s an all-star concert that features music from 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.
The Library announced in May that Sir Paul was to be the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize, which celebrates a lifetime of creative output in the realm of popular music. President Barack Obama conferred the Prize on the legendary rocker last month at the White House during the taping of the performance that airs tonight.
To whet your palate, enjoy a couple of videos. The first is a backstage look at the Jonas Brothers and their White House performance of “Drive My Car.” The second is White Stripes frontman Jack White’s rendition of the hauntingly beautiful “Mother Nature’s Son.”
You can read a little more about it on the Music Division’s blog, “In the Muse.”