The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: 2007 Paul Simon
“The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” celebrates Paul Simon, one of America’s most respected songwriters and musicians and the first recipient of the prize. The program airs Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. Taped at The Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on May 23, the 90-minute, high-definition special features tributes from a star-studded line-up of performers and presenters. Performers include Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Art Garfunkel, Alison Krauss, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, James Taylor and Buckwheat Zydeco. Presenters include former poet laureate Billy Collins, Bob Costas and Lorne Michaels.
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This newly created award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. The prize will be given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.
Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.