King, 71, will become the first woman to be awarded the Gershwin Prize. Past honorees have included Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

The Wednesday awards ceremony and concert — which will also feature performances by Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood — will be streamed live on the White House website and taped for a May 28 broadcast on PBS stations.