Obama to honor Carole King at White House concert

Singer-songwriter Carole King, performs during an event to honor her with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at the Library of Congress, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is showing singer-songwriter Carole King that she has friends at the White House.

At an East Room concert Wednesday night, Obama is presenting the 71-year-old singer-songwriter with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She’s the first woman to receive the award from the Library of Congress, which honored her Tuesday.

King made famous such hits as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

She tells The Associated Press it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized at such a historic venue.

Past honorees include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

Wednesday’s program is to include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. It will be broadcast nationally by PBS on May 28.

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