Elvis Presley will posthumously be awarded the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by Donald Trump at a ceremony on November 16th.
In addition to “The King,” Trump will also award Senator Orrin Hatch, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, football player-turned-judge Alan Page, and Republican part campaign donor Miriam Adelson. Posthumous honors will also be given to baseball legend Babe Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Rolling Stone reported: “Presley is only the third musician to receive the honor posthumously, following bandleader Meredith Willson and jazz great Count Basie during the Reagan administration.” (Rolling Stone)
According to the White House official announcement: “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. Elvis also served nearly two 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 three Grammy Awards for his gospel music. Elvis Presley remains an enduring American icon four decades after his death.”
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