British rockerhas been knighted, awarded a Kennedy Center Honours, and has won 14 Grammy Awards. On September 8 French President Francois Hollande will award Sir Paul with the Legion of Honour Award – the highest public distinction awarded in France. Actor and Liza Minelli have previously been awarded with the Legion of Honour.
Symbolized by a red lapel thread, the Legion holds only social status and those awarded the Legion must purchase their own medal. The Legion was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and has three levels – Chevalier, Officer, and Commander. Sir Paul is being awarded an Officer ranking.
James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool and first came to the attention of the world as the bass player and singer for a mop topped quartet known as The Beatles. McCartney penned his first song at age 14 – a song he wrote for his mother who had died. Since that time he has written thousands of songs and sold millions of records.
Among his other awards Sir Paul is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, won the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, holds records in the Guinness Book of World Records for having 60 gold records and over 100 million singles sold, is an honourary New York City Police detective, a British Phonographic Industry Award winner, is a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Q Icon Award winner, a Brit Award winner, and awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.