Singer/songwriter Paul Simon will replace Paul McCartney at this year's 25th annual Kennedy Center honors, traditionally attended by the president and first lady. As reported earlier today, McCartney

Singer/songwriter Paul Simon will replace Paul McCartney at this year's 25th annual Kennedy Center honors, traditionally attended by the president and first lady. As reported earlier today, McCartney withdrew because of an unexplained personal obligation. The Kennedy Center said McCartney would be on the 2003 list, and Simon would also have been honored in the future.

Simon, who first became known as part of a duo with Art Garfunkel, will join previously announced honorees conductor James Levine, and actors James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, and Elizabeth Taylor for the White House reception and gala performance scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C.

Chairman James A. Johnson of the Kennedy Center called Simon a songwriter who helped shape several generations of young Americans. "More recently, his work has encompassed an awareness of and concern for international art and artists," he said in a statement.


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