On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Israel offered a reminder that the world can never get enough of silly love songs. It announced that Paul McCartney is one of this year’s winners of the prestigious Wolf Prize.
In announcing the winners, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that “together with the prize committee, I and many Israelis share the eternal love for the works of Sir Paul McCartney and the Beatles.”
The Wolf Prize is seen as a precursor to a Nobel, which a quarter of Wolf laureates have gone on to win. It is offered in a rotating set of fields, which this year are music, agriculture, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The prize money for the five awards, which totals $500,000, will be divided among nine winners from five countries at a special ceremony to be held in the Knesset at the end of May. McCartney is expected to be there.
In a statement, the Wolf F oundation praised McCartney as “one of the greatest songwriters of all time” with “an extraordinary wingspan.”