Paul McCartney will be awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the White House on June 2, 2010 by the Library of Congress. Many of his contemporary songwriters will be present for the event.
What do Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney have in common other than popular icons of music: the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Gershwin Prize is one of the many honors awarded by the Library of Congress. While the Library of Congress is concerned that the recipients of the Gershwin Prize for Song goes to persons who both entertain and inform their listeners, the word "song" is extended to include and type of sound recording that can be used as informative and inspiring.
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song went to Paul Simon in 2007, to Stevie Wonder in 2008 and now to Paul McCartney on June 2, 1010 from the White House. Paul Simon started his musical career in a duet with art Garfunkel when they would sing a parties in their local neighborhoods. Simon and Garfunkel collaborated until the 70's, when Simon launched his own solo career. He continues to write and perform today. Paul Simon has been the recipient of 12 Grammy's as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achivement Award. In 2006 Time magazine awarded him "The 100 People who Shaped the World" award. Paul Simon was the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in March 1, 2007. The Gershwin Prize for Song is named after George Gershwin (1897-1937). Gershwin was known for both his concert music, operatic works and popular songs. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and was one of her most notable students: American students of Nadia Boulanger. It is hard to lessen the importance of such training which Gershwin had with so prominent a pedagogue as Nadia Boulanger. Some of his most popular works are performed throughout the world today: Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess. In...