Smokey Robinson honoured by US Library of Congress

06 Jul 2016 / 11:18 H.

THE US Library of Congress on Tuesday named Motown legend Smokey Robinson the latest winner of its Gershwin Prize, which honours living composers for their contributions to music.
The 76-year-old R&B singer has been the force behind dozens of hits over his career, including The Tracks of My Tears, I Second That Emotion and Being with You.
"His rich melodies are works of art – enduring, meaningful and powerful. And he is a master at crafting lyrics that speak to the heart and soul, expressing ordinary themes in an extraordinary way," acting Librarian of Congress David Mao said in a statement.
"It is that quality in his music that makes him one of the greatest poetic songwriters of our time," he said.
Robinson, who began as the frontman of the Detroit band The Miracles, remains active and performed Monday in Washington for Independence Day celebrations.
The Library of Congress established the prize in 2007 in memory of brothers George and Ira Gershwin, pioneering composers of 20th-century popular tunes.
Previous winners include soul legend Stevie Wonder – who has collaborated with Robinson – as well as folk singer turned global experimental artist Paul Simon and country icon Willie Nelson.
The award is not restricted to US artists, with former Beatle Paul McCartney among the recipients. — AFP

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