President Trump gave the award this year to seven recipients, including the late Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth. Antonin Scalia, one of the top jurists in American history, receives the distinction as well. He passed away on Feb. 13, 2016.
Elvis Presley, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, receives his award posthumously as well.
The award given by the White House is to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
However, The Washington Post was not pleased that Presley — known for such hit songs as “Hound Dog” and “Heartbreak Hotel” — is a recipient of this award.
In a piece for the publication, Chris Richards wrote that the selection of Elvis was “a little nod to the good old days back when black visionaries could invent rock ‘n’ roll, but only a white man could become king.”- READ MORE