Smokey Robinson Will Be Honored With The Library Of Congress' "Gershwin Prize For Popular Song"
"It gives me such joy and gratitude to be included among the past recipients of this most prestigious songwriting award"
Smokey Robinson, Motown legend and national treasure, will be latest recipient of the Library Of Congress' Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. News broke yesterday morning as current Librarian Of Congress, David Mao, announced.
At 76, Robinson is responsible for some of The Motor City's greatest contributions to American Music, helming countless hits as a member of The Miracles, writing even more for the superlative label's iconic roster, even serving as Motown's VP for roughly 30 years. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The next year, he received his very first Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his One Heartbeat single "Just To See Her."
Robinson will be the eighth recipient of the prestigious prize, joining the likes of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Burt Bacharach and more. He'll be presented with the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC this November. It goes without saying that this honor is long overdue and that there simply could not be a more qualified recipient.
h/t New York Times