Smokey Robinson Receives Gershwin Prize

February 2, 2017

Smokey Robinson Receives the Gershwin Prize

Photo by Cable Risdon Photography. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, right, presents Smokey Robinson with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, airing on PBS.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in an all-star concert airing on PBS at 9 pm Friday, February 10 (check local listings).

The Gershwin Prize is given by the Library of Congress to honor a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertainment and inspiration. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel and Willie Nelson.

The concert, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, is co-produced by WETA, Bounce AEG and the Library of Congress, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It features a variety of artists including Grammy winners Ceelo Green, Esperanza Spalding and Bebe Winans singing Robinson’s songs and a tribute to Robinson from Berry Gordy, who describes how he and Robinson collaborated on the Motown music that became the soundtrack of a generation.

An all-star cast joins Motown legend Smokey Robinson, recipient of the Gershwin Prize.