Paul McCartney to miss awards ceremony in Israel

Paul McCartney said he's unable to accept a prize from Israel's Wolf Foundation in person this month due to a scheduling conflict. Also, it looks like he'll be out 100 grand as a result!

"It's very flattering and I am grateful to be this year's Wolf Prize winner in music," McCartney wrote in a letter to the foundation. “But after reviewing my schedule I have to announce that I will not be able to arrive at the date set."

"We thank Sir Paul McCartney, his staff and his wife Nancy Shevell for their cooperation and we're looking forward to seeing them together in May 2019," CEO of the Wolf Foundation Reut Inon-Berman said.

This year’s laureates of the prestigious Wolf Prize were announced in February during an event attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The honor carries a $100,000 prize, which the recipients can receive only if they attend the official ceremony.

The Wolf Prize is an internationally-recognized award granted in Israel to scientists and artists.