Library of Congress / Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Established by the Library of Congress, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song seeks to honor the legacy of brothers—and legendary songwriting team—George and Ira Gershwin, by celebrating the work of artists whose careers reflect a lifetime of achievement in promoting popular song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.

The annual concert special features artists from a wide variety of musical genres paying tribute to the lasting legacy of the honoree’s songbook. The most recent Gershwin Prize was presented to Willie Nelson in D.C.'s historic DAR Constitution Hall. Musical guests included Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Leon Bridges, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Buckwheat Zydeco, and more.

Past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King, and Billy Joel. The special is broadcast each year on PBS.