Sir Paul McCartney was among the five artists recognized at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, televised last night. The recent iTunes deal-maker was commended as for being, “one of the most influential and successful songwriters and musicians of all time, whose work has continuously altered both the creation and perception of music…” There to pay homage to the former Beatle (who watched from a balcony, sandwiched between Oprah and the Obamas) were Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, Idol‘s newest judge Steven Tyler, Dave Grohl, Norah Jones and James Taylor. Jump below to catch all of last night’s performances.
Gwen Stefani and No Doubt performed a medley of “Hello, Goodbye” and “Penny Lane”:
We’re kind of loving the L.A.M.B. designer’s “These Pants Are Also Shorts” interpretation of her fellow band mates matching suits.
Steven Tyler kicked off his performance with “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” before diving into the infamous Abbey Road medley of “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End”:
Paul gave Steve and gang his nod of approval, do you agree?
Norah Jones and Dave Grohl perform McCartney’s hit “Maybe I’m Amazed”:
For the finale, James Taylor starts “Let It Be” as a solo acoustic number, until the curtain opens revealing a giant choir who—along with Steven Tyler—give a goosebump-inducing rendition of “Hey Jude”. The entire crowd is brought to its feet and even Sir Paul is visibly moved:
Who do you think gave the former Beatle the best tribute? And which celeb caught on camera singing along looked the dorkiest?