Paul Simon is to be honoured by the US Library Of Congress in recognition of his lifetime’s contribution to music. He will receive the inaugural Gershwin prize, named, of course, for legendary musicians George and Ira Gershwin. The singer songwriter will receive the prize at the Warner Theater in Washington on 23 May. He will also perform at the event, which will also feature a line-up of other high profile artists.
Simon says: “I am grateful to be the recipient of the Gershwin Prize and doubly honored to be the first. I look forward to spending an evening in the company of artists I admire at the award ceremony in May. I can think of a few who have expressed my words and music far better than I. I’m excited at the prospect of that happening again. It’s a songwriter’s dream come true”.