You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

McCartney to miss kudos

Musician withdrew to attend niece's wedding

WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding.

McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had committed to receive the 2002 award.

“We felt that under the circumstances, it made perfect sense to honor his request,” said George Stevens Jr., co-producer of the honors program and creator of the award. “We are happy that he will be able to be honored next year,” said Stevens. He said the artist committee is busily selecting “another outstanding fifth nominee” and that an announcement will be made by the Kennedy Center early this week.

Loss of the marquee name is a major disappointment for the center and comes as the award prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It is the first time an honoree has withdrawn and the first time the center has publicly agreed to postpone an award. The four others who will receive the honor this year are actress Elizabeth Taylor, actor James Earl Jones, conductor James Levine and dancer-actress Chita Rivera.

Kennedy Center chairman James A. Johnson said the center “understands and respects (McCartney’s) sense of priority that places an inescapable personal obligation ahead of other commitments.”

The ex-Beatle expressed to the center his “deepest regret and profound apologies” for being unable to attend the Washington event in December.

More Music

  • Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,

    Coachella: Requests for All-Access Passes Drop 70% on Weekend Two and Here's Why

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

  • Beyonce, Solange Fall During Coachella Set

    Beyonce Tries to Pick Up Solange, Falls During Her Coachella Set

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

  • Beyonce

    Beyonce Switches Things Up — A Bit — for Coachella Weekend 2 (Photos)

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

  • Bradley Cooper Robert De Niro

    Bradley Cooper on His Secret Pact With Lady Gaga for 'A Star is Born'

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

  • *NSYNC30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S

    *NSYNC Immersive Experience Headed to Hollywood Ahead of Walk of Fame Star Dedication

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

  • Swedish Dj Avicii Performs Performs on

    Avicii Mourned at Coachella by Musicians, Fans, Industry

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

  • Avicii

    Police Say 'No Criminal Suspicion' in Avicii's Death (Report)

    WASHINGTON — Musician Paul McCartney will receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 instead of this year due to a scheduling conflict caused by a family wedding. McCartney asked to withdraw because his niece is getting married during the same Dec. 7-8 weekend as the honors program. The wedding plans were reportedly formed after McCartney had […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content