He received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a White House ceremony in June.
The recipient of the first Gershwin Prize was Paul Simon.
On being notified of the honor, Simon said, "I am grateful to be the recipient of the Gershwin Prize and doubly honored to be the first.
Stevie Wonder gets the Gershwin Prize.
In 2010, he was honoured by President Barack Obama with the Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music.
It's telling that two of the three previous winners of the Gershwin Prize have recorded Bacharach songs.
The recipient of the Gershwin Prize is said to: "exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins."
President Barack Obama presented Wonder with the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize at a ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2009.
On March 1, 2007, the first Gershwin Prize was awarded to Paul Simon.
Jack White covered the song at the White House when McCartney was being given the Gershwin Prize on 2 June 2010.