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