Smokey Robinson Receives Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song
July 5, 2016 at 1:07 PM (PT)
Acting Librarian of Congress DAVID MAO announced that SMOKEY ROBINSON is the next recipient of the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG.
An R&B icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, ROBINSON is considered the poet laureate of soul. In honoring SMOKEY, the LIBRARY writes: "His velvet falsetto and incomparable mastery of lyrical verse have created a tapestry of hits that have transcended generations and become a mainstay in AMERICAN pop music. As a producer, record executive and visionary, ROBINSON helped lead a musical revolution called the MOTOWN sound."
He will receive the prize in WASHINGTON, D.C., in NOVEMBER. The GERSHWIN PRIZE honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients include PAUL SIMON, STEVIE WONDER, SIR PAUL McCARTNEY, BURT BACHARACH & HAL DAVID, CAROLE KING, BILLY JOEL and WILLIE NELSON.
Commented MAO: “As a singer, songwriter, producer and record executive, SMOKEY ROBINSON is a musical legend. His rich melodies are works of art — enduring, meaningful and powerful. And he is a master at crafting lyrics that speak to the heart and soul, expressing ordinary themes in an extraordinary way. It is that quality in his music that makes him one of the greatest poetic songwriters of our time.”
Added ROBINSON: “It gives me such joy and gratitude to be included among the past recipients of this most prestigious songwriting award.”
“The Tracks of My Tears” was named to the NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY of the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS in 2007 as one of the nation’s culturally, historically or aesthetically significant sound recordings.
ROBINSON has received the GRAMMY LIVING LEGEND AWARD, NARAS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, the presidential NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS AWARD and the BET LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. He was also inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME and the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME.