Paul Simon lauded at Gershwin gala

June 26, 2007 at 2:46 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Paul Simon has been named the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The honor was captured in "Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song," a 90-minute musical extravaganza taped last month in Washington and set to air Wednesday on PBS.

The prize was created to celebrate those who demonstrate a "profound and positive impact on popular music and the world's culture," in the tradition of composers George and Ira Gershwin, the newspaper noted.

"I'm sure I could play 'Summertime' or 'I've Got Rhythm,' but I did not particularly study the Gershwins," the 65-year-old Simon said. "But I came to understand the value system the prize is based on, and it's what I've embraced throughout my career. So I felt there was a logic to being the recipient."

As part of the festivities, the singer/songwriter was serenaded by Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Stephen Marley, Marc Anthony and the South African choir, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Simon said performing at the event was also a pleasure.

"I got to sing with Artie (Garfunkel), which always has its drama and a constant element of comedy."

© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Hayden Panettiere confirms pregnancy during ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon reportedly separated, will divorce
Sandra Bullock to star in 'Our Brand is Crisis'
Mickey Rourke vital to 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,' says Frank Miller
Max Adler to return as Dave Karofsky on 'Glee'
Trending News