Singer-songwriter Carole King will be honored at the White House Wednesday as the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The White House says President Obama will present the award to King during a concert that will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor, and Trisha
Yearwood. It will be streamed live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on www.whitehouse.gov and broadcast nationally by PBS stations on May 28.
New ratings low for ‘Idol’
Ratings for the ‘‘American Idol’’
finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show. According to preliminary Nielsen Co. figures, Candice Glover’s victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.2 million viewers. That’s a 34 percent drop from the year before, when nearly 22 million viewers saw Phillip Phillips claim the ‘‘Idol’’ crown. That represented the show’s previous record low finale audience.
“I got two kids in that [age] bracket that will never walk in those doors because of his view of people.” — Kirstie Alley, responding to comments by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries that he doesn’t want “larger people shopping in his store.”