Paul McCartney receives Israel's Wolf Prize, a prestigious recognition that celebrates only the best of the best in various industries.
Other recipients include scientists, mathematicians, and more from all over the world.
Paul McCartney Receives Israel's Wolf Prize
On Monday, the Wolf Foundation announced its complete list of winners in various fields as such as music, physics, chemistry, agriculture, and mathematics. Every year, the foundation gives $100,000 to the winners in the five fields. The ceremony will take place in May, but it is still unclear whether or not McCartney will attend.
"Sir Paul McCartney is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His versatility underlies an extraordinary wingspan, from the most physical rock to melodies of haunting and heartbreaking intimacy. His lyrics have an equally broad range, from the naïve and the charming to the poignant and even desperate. He has touched the hearts of the entire world, both as a Beatle and in his subsequent bands," read the statement.
McCartney has been dubbed as one of the most commercially successful performers and composers in popular music. He has released 60 gold records and has sold over 100 million singles throughout the course of his career. He is a member of The Beatles and he wrote the song "Yesterday" for the group.
Israel has a special place in McCartney's heart since he previously performed at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park in 2008. His fellow Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr, will also be performing in Israel on June 23. Starr is now part of the All Starr band and the group's performance will take place at Tel Aviv's Menora Mivtachim arena.
When Will Paul McCartney Retire?
The "Ebony & Ivory" singer, who is now 75 years old, was asked in 2014 when he is going to retire. McCartney said that he will end his career when he feels like it. McCartney also promised his fans that he will be releasing new music in the coming years.
"I've got a lot of songs that I've written, and some that I need to finish. There's no fixed date, but at the back of my mind, I'll be wanting to clear a few months for me to write up the most likely of songs that I've got on the boil and figure out how I want to record them and what I want to do with them. But I haven't booked any studio time. It's all there as fun for the future," said McCartney.