Earlier this month, it was announced by Librarian of Congress’ David Mao that legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
“As a singer, songwriter, producer and record executive, Smokey Robinson is a musical legend,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “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.”
“It gives me such joy and gratitude to be included among the past recipients of this most prestigious songwriting award,” Robinson said. As a producer, record executive, and visionary, Robinson helped lead a musical revolution called the Motown sound.
Past recipients include Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, and Paul McCartney.
Robinson will receive the award in Washington, D.C., in November.
Congrats to the living legend! Well-deserved!