President Donald Trump posthumously honored Elvis Presley Friday in the White House with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US.

Presley, who died in 1977, received the award for his services as a singer and musician, and because he served two years in the US Army.

“The award is for one of the most beloved artists ever,” Trump said, and the White House pointed out that Presley has defined American culture with his music for billions of fans, and baseball legend Babe Ruth was awarded the posthumous posthumously.


In addition to Presley and Ruth, another five received the Medal of Freedom, including Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. He was one of the most conservative judges of the Supreme Court.

Miriam Adelson, an American-Israeli benefactor and sponsor of the Republicans, also received a medal.