The late singer, Elvis Presley, and six other people, Donald Trump, won the United States' biggest medal of civil liberty at the first Tramp ceremony since taking office.
The White House called Elvis the "eternal American symbol."
Among the other six people who received the presidential award on Friday were baseball legend Pepe Roth and late American judge Antonin Scalia.
American football legend Roger Stubach and Alan Badge were among the medals.
Trump said at the opening ceremony "America has the best talent and talent in the world."
The honored list was completed by retired Senator Utah, Orrin Hatch and philanthropist, philanthropist Miriam Adelson.
The US president described Senator Hatch as a “great friend”: ”He has loved me from the beginning, and I love him so much. ABD
Criticism emerged on the nomination of giant casinos and Adelson, the wife of the Republican party philanthropist Sheldon Adelson.
It is hard to believe that the decision to honor Miriam Adelson, a US interest group that addresses the "public", is merit-based.
In response to the prize, Adelson told reporters that "it is a very embarrassment with this extraordinary honor and also very strong".
The White House, explaining the procedure for selecting the medal, said that a model implemented by former US governments was being monitored.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, decision making "public bodies, consultants, government and senior officials" views were taken into consideration, he said.
The Medal of Presidential Freedom and the Gold Medal is the highest award for civilians in the United States.
Elvis participates in a long list of music stars who won the medal, including singer Ella Fitzgerald, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, and songwriter and singer Stevie Wonder.
"Elvis was a symbol of American culture for millions of fans around the world." Said.
In order to create her own unique style, Elvis combined different genres of music such as religious music, folk music, rhythm and blues. "