Paul McCartney will be inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences this fall. The famed Beatles and Wings musician is one of 17 people born outside of the U.S. who will be recognized with “foreign honorary memberships” at a special ceremony set for October 6 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Each year, the Academy picks inductees based on their achievements in a variety of fields; chiefly, the arts, sciences, literature and public affairs. A few other 2012 honorees include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, actors Mel Brooks and Clint Eastwood, playwright Neil Simon and director Terence Malick. Needless to say, McCartney is in good company.
“Election to the Academy is both an honor for extraordinary accomplishment and a call to serve,” said Leslie C. Berlowitz, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in an official statement. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”