Monday, March 30, 2020
Gershwin and Garth
"The Gershwin Prize -- named for the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin -- is awarded yearly to a living musical artist, in recognition of their "lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding." Says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, "Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music. During his career, Brooks has set countless records, earned numerous awards and elevated country music into a national anthem of the American people.”
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was established in 2007. Its previous recipients include Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Carole King and Willie Nelson. The 58-year-old Brooks is the youngest recipient ever.
Check local PBS channels for the 3 May ceremony/concert.