Library of Congress honors Stevie Wonder

September 5, 2008

September 3, 2008

He remains wondrous. And he’ll have a big award to prove it anew.

Soul legend Stevie Wonder is to receive a prestigious honor from the U.S. government for his lifetime of contributions to popular music. The 25-time Grammy winner has been chosen as the second recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Librarian of Congress James Billington named Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder as the second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (The first was Paul Simon.)

Wonder will be honored Feb. 23 in the Great Hall of the Library. But there’s more: As an added distinction to this year’s Gershwin Prize, the Library has offered, and Wonder has accepted, a musical commission.

He joins a group of eminent composers, ranging from Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein to Paquito D’Rivera, who have received Library commissions.

Continued at the Detroit Free Press website.

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