Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Gershwin Prize Greets Mark Twain Prize: Our National Capital's Budding Cultural Capital Arts Scene Honors Paul Simon And American Songwriting

Paul Simon: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

"Paul Simon, one of America's most respected songwriters and musicians, will be the recipient of the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin, this newly created award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. The prize will be given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins. Taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, the all-star gala concert will feature appearances by Simon's friends and fellow musicians, including Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Buckwheat Zydeco, Billy Collins, Bob Costas, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Alison Krauss, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, Lorne Michaels, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder."

WETA Television American and International Public Broadcasting for Greater Washington Wed, June 27, 2007 9:00 PM EDT

Paul Simon, American lyricist, songwriter, and musician is honored in one of America's budding cultural capitals.

Photo credit: (c) Elly Roberts and www.allgigs.co.uk. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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