The legendary rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after his death. Presley is as the "King of rock and roll". He one of seven recipients of the award. Other recipients baseball great Babe Ruth and Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is by the President of the United States and the highest award that can given to a civilian. It those people who have , "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".
Speaking at the awards ceremony on Friday, President Trump : "America is blessed to the most skill, passion and talent of anywhere on earth. We truly a great nation and we're a nation that is really, really well right now." The White House Elvis as, "an enduring American icon". It : "Presley American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, the star had a sound all his own." Elvis is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. Other musical stars to the award Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.