The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors performers for their lifetime contributions to popular music. Previous musicians to win this award from the Library of Congress include James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Lyle Lovett.
Last night (May 22), President Obama presented the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Carole King — the first woman to win the award. Even when compared to other songwriters on the list, Carole King is a remarkable performer and creator who deserves to be recognized as one of our most prized talents. King accepted the award on behalf on behalf of the co-writers she worked with to create hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “I Feel the Earth Move.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by the Library of Congress as the fifth recipient and first woman as has been stated,” the 71-year-old King said. “I can’t say it enough. I am so excited.”
Musicians that performed in King’s honor at the ceremony included Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.