Because of their cross-generational influence and effect on the evolution of American music, the Library has developed an award in their name that recognizes musical achievement in popular culture all over the world. The first annual recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is Paul Simon, a noted singer-songwriter whose music has bridged people and cultures of the world. Most notably, his 1986 album “Graceland” incorporated a great number of musical styles, including zydeco, Tex-Mex and African vocal music. The album was added to the Library’s 2006 National Recording Registry. For more information on the award, make sure to read the online press release. For the latest news on Simon, visit his official Web site.
The Gershwin Collection at the Library of Congress is the world's preeminent resource for the documentary legacy of George and Ira Gershwin. It contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into the brothers' careers and personalities, from manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos to photographs, scrapbooks and royalty statements. The September 1998 issue of the Library of Congress Information Bulletin ran a cover story celebrating the collection.