Stevie Wonder to be honoured
US: The Library of Congress will honor singer-pianist Stevie Wonder
with its second Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Librarian of Congress James Billington, announcing the prize Tuesday,
noted that it honors an artist whose work transcends musical styles to
bring diverse listeners together and foster mutual understanding. It
recognizes a musician's lifetime of work.
Wonder, 58, will receive the award Feb. 23 next year. The first
Gershwin Prize was awarded in 2007 to Paul Simon, a singer-songwriter
and half of Simon and Garfunkel.
Self-taught on piano, harmonica and other instruments, Steveland
Morris was just 12 when he first amazed national television audiences on
shows like Dick Clark's "American Bandstand."
From his earliest days as a prodigy covering Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in
the Wind" through such songs of his own as "You Are the Sunshine of My
Life," "My Cherie Amour" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," his
music has sought to uplift and inform as well as entertain.
Among his albums: "Talking Book," "Innervisions," "Fulfillingness
First Finale" and "Songs in the Key of Life," the last of which included
his classic single "Love in Need of Love Today."
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song commemorates
George and Ira Gershwin, songwriting brothers who created some of the
United States' most celebrated music of the early and middle 20th
century. WASHINGTON, Wednesday,