A bevy of performers took to the Warner Theatre stage on May 23 to salute Paul Simon as the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The cast included James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Art Garfunkel, Alison Krauss, Marc Anthony, Lorne Michaels, Bob Costas, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett and former poet laureate Billy Collins, among others. The program was broadcast June 27 on PBS stations nationwide.
The creators and executive producers of the event were Peter and Bob Kaminsky, Mark Krantz and Cappy McGarr; they are also the creators and executive producers of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, now in its 10th year. WETA executive producers of the broadcast were Dalton Delan and David S. Thompson.
All photos by Scott Suchman