Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, 2007-2023

Gershwin Prize:


The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created 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. Here are the recipients:

See other lifetime achievement awards.


First posted 12/13/2012; last updated 3/2/2023.

1 comment:

  1. It’s about time Joannie Mitchell won the Gershwin award. She should have received it first. Thank god she did not pass before she was recognized What a song writer. She makes us all cry with her words and her voice.