President Obama honored songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a tuneful and starry night at the White House.
The duo are the Grammy- and Oscar-winning musical minds behind such hits as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," and "Always Something There to Remind Me,” as well as the Broadway musical "Promises Promises.” On the West Coast, Bacharach's musical "Some Lovers" about couples haunted by past relationships premiered last year at San Diego's Old Globe.
Wednesday's invitation-only show featured Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and former Gershwin recipient Stevie Wonder, who played the duo's "Alfie" on harmonica and a reggae rendition of "Make It Easy on Yourself."
Comedian Mike Myers performed "What's New Pussycat" while stripping down from his tux to a rhinestone-studded suit. (Bacharach made cameos in Myers’ three Austin Powers flicks.)