Elvis Presley to be honored by President | Entertainment



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The late Elvis Presley will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The hitmaker "Hound Dog" – who died in 1977 at age 42 – will join seven other "illustrious individuals" as he is recognized with President Donald Trump's prestigious accolade on November 16.

The "highest civilian honor of the nation" is given to those 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 endeavor," and baseball legend Babe . Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will also receive the medal posthumously, along with Senator Orrin Hatch, Dallas Cowboys player Roger Staubach, soccer player who became Judge Alan Page and Republican donor Miriam Adelson.

Elvis was chosen for the medal for how he "defined American culture" and also for his service in the US Army.

The White House said in a statement: "Elvis Presley has defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis has melded gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound of his own, selling over a billion albums.

"Elvis also served nearly two years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the invitation to serve despite his fame. He later starred in 31 films, attracted record audiences for his shows, raised television ratings and received 14 nominations for the award Elvis Presley continues to be an enduring American icon four decades after his death.

The singer of & # 39; Love Me Tender & # 39; is only the third musician to receive the honor posthumously, after Ronald Reagan awarded the medal to band leader Meredith Wilson and the jazz icon Count Basie.

Under the administration of Barack Obama, singers like Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Loretta Lynn and Bruce Springsteen received the award.

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