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Paul McCartney will be seen and saluted on a two-hour prime-time TV special on the CBS network Tuesday December 28th, 9:00pm, 11:00pm ET/PT, with the airing of highlights from this year's Kennedy Center Honors.

Sir Paul was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in a star-studded ceremony at the Opera House in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on Sunday December 5th. The gala was seen by a select audience of 2,300, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who paid up to $6,000 to attend the event which is an annual fund-raiser for the non-profit Kennedy Center.  Sir Paul was saluted along with four other Kennedy Center Honorees: talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, country singer Merle Haggard, Broadway composer Jerry Herman and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

The McCartney tribute features live musical performances by No Doubt with Gwen Stefani, singing a medley of "Hello Goodbye", "All My Loving" and "Penny Lane"; Dave Grohl & Norah Jones - performing a duet of Paul's solo song "Maybe I'm Amazed";  Steven Tyler rendering Paul's mini-suite from "Abbey Road," "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight" and "The End"; James Taylor & Mavis Staples leading the grand finale of "Let It Be" capped with the "Na-Na-Na" coda from "Hey Jude". The whole McCartney tribute is introduced by his friend Alec Baldwin.  

The production team for the Kennedy Center tribute to McCartney includes producers George Stevens, Jr. & Michael Stevens, co-producer Ali Gifford Stevens, music executive Mark Shimmel and Beatles historian Martin Lewis.  The live music performances are preceded by a five-minute film biography of Sir Paul created by Sara Lukinson and a team including Lesley Shampaine and Martin Lewis.  The video sequence includes rare photographs and film sequences from all through Paul's life and career with narration by Paul himself.

Image from Kennedy Center Honors Commemorative Program

Attendees at the Honors received a coffee-table size 200-page Commemorative Program that included 25 full-size photographs of McCartney; a new 1500-word appreciation of Sir Paul by "CBS News Sunday Morning" essayist Bill Flanagan;  and specially-produced comprehensive discographies of the Beatles and McCartney, and a list of 200 select McCartney compositions, compiled by Martin Lewis.

As a special souvenir for Paul McCartney fans, for the first time on the internet, thanks to, here is a PDF of scans of some of the pages from the exclusive Kennedy Center Honors Commemorative Program honoring Paul McCartney.

Download the Kennedy Center 2010 Commemorative Program (10.6 MB PDF)

Published December 27, 2010

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