The legendary rock 'n' roll Elvis Presley has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after his . Presley is known as the "King of rock and roll". He was one of seven of the award. Other recipients included baseball Babe Ruth and Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and is the award that can be given to a . It recognizes those people who have made, "an especially meritorious to the security or national of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or endeavors".
Speaking at the awards on Friday, President Trump said: "America is to have the most skill, and talent of anywhere on earth. We are truly a great and we're a nation that is doing really, really well right ." The White House described Elvis as, "an enduring American ". It added: "Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and , the star had created a sound all his ." Elvis is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He is the best-selling artist in the of recorded music. Other musical stars to get the award include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.