The “King of Rock & Roll” is set to receive one of the highest honors from the US government, as he was announced among the seven recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 16.
A White House press release announced on November 10 that the late singer and actor was going to receive “the Nation’s highest civilian honor” from President Donald Trump along with six other honorees.
Dr. Miriam Adelson, Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Supreme Court Justices Alan C. Page and Antonin Scalia, and baseball stars “Babe” Ruth and Roger Staubach are the other personalities to be granted the recognition this year.
“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 2 years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame.”
-White House Office of the Press Secretary
, November 10, 2018.
With this well-deserved accolade, Presley joins the likes of Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Loretta Lynn, and Bruce Springsteen, just to name a few.
It is hard to believe that it took so long for such an iconic artist to be recognized by the US government, but even now that it is finally happening, he could have been picked for strategical reasons.
According to Rolling Stones, Presley, who died in 1977 at 42, is a safe candidate for the Trump administration to chose, given the poor acceptance the current president has in the entertainment industry.
While Presley won’t be present to receive the honor from the head of state, “The King” did visit the White House in 1970 to meet with President Richard Nixon.
Once the most famous singer in the planet, Presley was a star that burned fast, and by the time of his passing he had apparently lost his god-like status, but soon his legacy became the stuff of legend and it remains so to this day.
41 years since his body left this world, his voice and achievements still draw millions of people toward him, and he continues to reach milestones long after his life ended.
Elvis was recently in the news due to the release of magical singing duet with his only daughter Lisa Marie as part of his latest album “Where No One Stands Alone,” released on August 10, 2018.