President Obama awarded Sir Paul McCartney the annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and what better way to be honored than by having the Jonas Brothers serenade you? The JoBros (who are regulars at the White House at this point) performed the 1965 hit “Drive My Car”, and we have to wonder which audience member made the JoBros more nervous—McCartney, or The President of the United States. Behind-the-scenes footage, as well as their performance, awaits you below. Beep beep, beep beep, yeah!
“Early in our career we always promised ourselves that we would never cover a Beatles song, because we know we could never do a good enough job,” Kevin says. “But when we got this call, we were like oh no, do we break our rule? and of course how can you say no… there’s definitely some pressure.”
Even funnier, the JoBros share a little backstage moment with Jerry Seinfeld, who (accurately) tells them “This is kind of a big deal.” No kidding, Jer.
As for Kevin, Joe and Nick’s performance, we think they pulled off the song pretty well. They didn’t change any of the beats or melody to reinterpret the song as their own, but when you’re asked to honor one of the world’s most beloved songwriters, it’s a smart move to just stick to the original arrangement.