Paul Simon is to be honoured by the US Library of Congress for his impressive catalogue of work.
The Simon And Garfunkel star will be the recipient of the first annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala in May.
The newly-created honour will be given to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions “exemplify the standard of excellence associated with (George and Ira) Gershwin.”
In a statement, Simon says: “I am grateful to be the recipient of the Gershwin Prize and doubly honored to be the first. I look forward to spending an evening in the company of artists I admire at the award ceremony in May… It’s a songwriter’s dream come true.”
Earlier this year, Simon’s 1986 album Graceland was among the additions to the Library’s National Recording Registry.
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