Library Of Congress Names Willie Nelson New Gershwin Prize Recipient
July 9, 2015 at 7:15 AM (PT)
WILLIE NELSON will be the next recipient of the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE for Popular Song. The PRIZE honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. NELSON will receive the prize in WASHINGTON D.C. in NOVEMBER.
Previous recipients include PAUL SIMON, STEVIE WONDER, PAUL McCARTNEY, BILLY JOEL, and more.
“WILLIE NELSON is a musical explorer, redrawing the boundaries of Country music throughout his career,” said Librarian of CONGRESS JAMES BILLINGTON. “A master communicator, the sincerity and universally appealing message of his lyrics place him in a category of his own while still remaining grounded in his Country-music roots. His achievements as a songwriter and performer are legendary. Like AMERICA itself, he has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs. He has helped make Country music one of the most universally beloved forms of AMERICAN artistic expression.”