Stevie Wonder to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
On Feb. 25, Stevie Wonder will receive the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Obama. In celebration of Black History Month, Wonder will perform in the East Room of the White House for the awards ceremony. WETA Washington, D.C. plans to tape the program as part of the In Performance at the White House series, which will air on PBS stations Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. as "Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize."
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress to laud artists whose ingenuous catalogue brings together diverse audiences and musical styles. "Stevie Wonder is the epitome of what the Gershwin Prize stands for," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "He has crossed musical and cultural boundaries and has made contributions to humanity far beyond the realm of entertainment." Paul Simon received the first Gershwin Prize in 2007.
Other than Stevie Wonder, the line-up for this performance has yet to be announced.