The rock legend Elvis Presley has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after he died. Presley is called the "King of rock and roll". Other people to get the award included baseball great Babe Ruth. The medal is given by the President of the United States. It is the highest award given to a civilian. It recognizes people who have made a great contribution to the security or national interests of the USA, culture and world peace.
President Trump said: "America is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent of anywhere on earth. We are truly a great nation." The White House called Elvis, "an enduring American icon". It said he, "defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world....The star created a sound all his own." Elvis is one of the biggest musicians of the 20th century and the best-selling solo artist ever.