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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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On December 13, 2012, Carole King was announced as the 2013 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She is only the sixth person to receive the award since its creation by the Library of Congress in 2007. As explained on the site, it is given to celebrate “the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. The styles in which these works are composed reflect myriad contemporary traditions like rock, jazz, country, pop, blues, folk, and gospel. The recipient – whether composer, singer/songwriter, or interpreter – is recognized for entertaining and informing audiences, for drawing upon the acknowledged foundations of popular song, and for inspiring new generations of performers on their own professional journeys.” The Library of Congress selects the recipient in consultation with a board consisting of members which may include music critics, performers, producers, scholars, and songwriters. The award was named after the brother/composer team of George and Ira Gershwin.

  • Burt Bacharach (2012)
  • Hal David (2012)
  • Carole King (2013)
  • Paul McCartney (2010)
  • Paul Simon (2007)
  • Stevie Wonder (2009)


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