Macca to receive Kennedy Centre honour in White House

London: Sir Paul McCartney is to be presented with a Kennedy Center honour this December in the White House.

The Kennedy Center for performing arts annually honours arts figures for their contribution to US culture.

The former Beatle will be honoured alongside chat show host Oprah Winfrey, choreographer Bill T Jones, composer Jerry Herman and country star Merle Haggard.

They will receive medallions at a state dinner on 4 December before appearing at a gala the next day.

"President Kennedy was such an icon for us in the 60s and his presidency was so inspiring for so many people that it is a great pleasure for this kid from Liverpool to receive this honour," the BBC quoted McCartney as saying.