Have you ever had to keep a secret? A huge, exciting secret?
A few weeks ago the head of our Music Division called to inform me that the third recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song would be Sir Paul McCartney. I’m fairly certain that they heard my reaction in the office next door.
This was not an easy thing for me to keep under wraps as we put the pieces in place for our announcement. Paul McCartney is only my favorite musician of all time. (It took a while, but eventually he surpassed Mozart.)
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who made the selection, said, “It is hard to think of another performer and composer who has had a more indelible and transformative effect on popular song and music of several different genres than Paul McCartney.”
Or put more succinctly by The Washington Post, “Macca rules!” (external link)
The Gershwin Prize “celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.” You can read more about it here.
The Prize will be bestowed next spring, and keep your eye out for an all-star tribute concert thereafter on broadcast television.