Singer-songwriter Carole King will be the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award is a reflection of her long and many achievements in music.
According to the BBC, Carole King will receive her award in the spring at the Library of Congress.
Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. As a singer, her Tapestry album topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971, and remained on the charts for more than six years. King was also a renowned songwriter for other artists.
King penned hit songs, including Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "The Reason" for Celine Dion, and "You've Got a Friend" sung by James Taylor.
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, created in 2007, is an award given to a composer or performer for their lifetime contributions to popular music. The prize is named after brothers George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.
In announcing the award, the Library of Congress press release stated:
"Carole King has been one of the most influential songwriters of our time," Billington said. "For more than five decades, she has written for and been recorded by many different types of artists for a wide range of audiences, communicating with beauty and dignity the universal human emotions of love, joy, pain and loss. Her body of work reflects the spirit of the Gershwin Prize with its originality, longevity and diversity of appeal."
According to the New York Times, past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The Gershwin will be addition to her other awards. King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting.