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Elvis To Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 10, 2018 | Other

The King “remains an enduring American icon four decades after his death,” Trump administration says of posthumous honor.

Elvis Presley is among the seven “distinguished individuals” that will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump at a November 16th ceremony.

Yankees great Babe Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will also posthumously receive the prestigious award, “the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement Saturday.
“Elvis Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records,” The White House said of the honor.

“Elvis also served nearly 2 years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame. He later starred in 31 films, drew record-breaking audiences to his shows, sent television ratings soaring, and earned 14 Grammy Award nominations. He ultimately won 3 Grammy Awards for his gospel music. Elvis Presley remains an enduring American icon four decades after his death.”

While its common for musicians to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom – honorees during the Obama administration included Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Loretta Lynn and Bruce Springsteen – Presley is only the third musician to receive the honor posthumously, following bandleader Meredith Willson and jazz great Count Basie during the Reagan administration.

As the entertainment industry has largely cold-shouldered Trump during his presidency, the administration instead opted to honor late American icons, like Presley and Ruth, for the 2018 ceremony.

Senator Orrin Hatch, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, football player-turned-judge Alan Page and Republican mega-donor Miriam Adelson will also receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Source:Rolling Stone
Natha wrote on November 12, 2018
Obama and earlier presidents have overlooked the enormous impact the King had on the music scene in the USA as well as all over the globe. It has always amazed me that he did not get honoured by at least Clinton or Obama as they are music lovers. And in that respect it makes no sense that Obama honoured so many musicians and left the King out.
Erna wrote on November 13, 2018
Long overdue. What a pity that it has to be from THIS president. Anybody alive probably didn't want to except it from him.
Gorse wrote on November 13, 2018
Whether you like or not Erna, the truth is Trump has a fantastic following just like the man he is honouring. Unfortunately to get things done in the modern World or business (as I know to my cost) then you have to upset a few people and not sit on the fence as our dear Theresa May is doing with Brexit..