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Paul McCartney to play White House

Sir Paul McCartney
Image caption Sir Paul will be the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize

Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the White House next week as he picks up an award from President Barack Obama, it has been confirmed.

The former Beatle, 67, will play as part of a concert in his honour when he is presented with the third annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Other performers in Tuesday's concert in the East Room include the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Stevie Wonder.

Paul Simon won the inaugural prize followed by Wonder last year.

The award is given by the Library of Congress.

Other performers at the concert, which will be broadcast on US TV on 28 July, include country singers Emmylou Harris and Faith Hill, and British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

The Jonas Brothers, White Stripes singer Jack White and comedian Jerry Seinfeld will also perform.

When it was announced in November that Sir Paul would be honoured, Librarian of Congress James Billington said it was hard "to find a performer who has had more of an indelible and transformative effect on popular song".

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