For people of a certain age ? for instance, mine ? few performers or artists have defined American music quite so distinctly and significantly as Paul Simon. I remember watching ?Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park? on HBO as if it were yesterday, and Paul Simon?s ?Graceland? was one of the first CDs I ever bought.
Of course, that?s barely the tip of the iceberg in terms of the true extent of his impact, which is why Paul Simon has been named the first recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
I?ve watched as huge names keep being added to the concert lineup, and just when I think my jaw can?t drop any lower, it does. As of this writing, performers include Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Shawn Colvin, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Art Garfunkel, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Buckwheat Zydeco. Presenters include former poet laureate Billy Collins, Bob Costas and Lorne Michaels.
(Image from LOC?s Wise Guide)