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Paul Simon is performing at Wednesday’s White House state dinner for Japan’s prime minister Kishida

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Simon, one of Jill Biden’s favorite musicians, will sing at this week’s White House state dinner for Japan.

The first lady chose the singer-songwriter as a special tribute for Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, because he’s also an admirer of Simon’s work, the White House said Tuesday.

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President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are hosting Kishida and his wife, Yuko, on Wednesday during the prime minister’s official visit to the United States. The visit includes the glitz and glamour of a state dinner, a high diplomatic honor that the U.S. reserves for its closest allies.

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Paul Simon performs at Global Citizen Live in Central Park in New York on Sept. 25, 2021. Simon will sing for guests at Wednesdays White House state dinner for Japan. The White House says hes one of first lady Jill Bidens favorite musicians.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Jill Biden was announcing the menu, decor and other details at a media preview later Tuesday.

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Simon’s career spans six decades, including performing as part of a duo with his childhood friend Art Garfunkel. The 82-year-old New Jersey native has earned numerous accolades, including multiple Grammys and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Also lined up to entertain guests after dinner on Wednesday are “The President’s Own” Marine Band Chamber Orchestra, the Army Rolling Strings and the Air Force Strings.

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