TONY BENNETT: The 2017 Recipient of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Legend Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in seven consecutive decades, beginning in the 1950s through the 2010s. Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3, 2016 and the milestone was highlighted with the broadcast of a television special, the release of a new CD and book, and the lighting of the Empire State Building honoring his musical legacy. He will receive the prize in Washington, D.C., in November 2017, at the age of 91. The Gershwin Prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.
Tony Bennett. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
TONY BENNETT (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto; August 3, 1926; Queens, New York) is an Italian-American singer, artist, and civil rights activist. He is a singer of pop standards, show tunes, and jazz; and an accomplished painter, having created works under his real name Anthony Benedetto which are on permanent public display in several institutions. He’s also the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York. His activity in the civil rights movement began in the 1950s; Bennett worked closely with Harry Belafonte and other celebrities in the 1960s assisting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movement. Mr. Bennett’s most recent album Cheek to Cheek was a collaboration with Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), released on September 19, 2014. Bennett has won 19 Grammy Awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 2 Emmy Awards, Kennedy Center Honoree in 2005, and countless other awards and accolades.
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