Elton John and Bernie Taupin Honored with 2024 Gershwin Prize for Pop Music

Published January 30, 2024

Elton John and his long-standing lyricist Bernie Taupin are set to receive a prestigious addition to their list of accolades. The Library of Congress has announced they will be awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for their extraordinary contributions to music, joining a lineage of renowned past recipients.

Recognizing Music Legends

The songwriting duo, responsible for classic hits such as "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," and "Rocket Man," will be honored in an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., scheduled for March 20. The celebration, which promises to be star-studded, will be broadcasting highlights on PBS on April 8.

Award of Musical Excellence

The Gershwin Prize, named after the iconic George and Ira Gershwin, stands as the foremost national recognition for influential and impactful achievements in pop music. Elton John and Bernie Taupin's enduring partnership has produced a catalog of songs that have not only topped charts but also become fixtures in the lives of many. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, extols them for the 'quality and broad appeal' of their music.

Legacy of Hit-Makers

Besides their well-known anthems, their songbook includes unforgettable tunes like "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and "Crocodile Rock." While Elton John has captivated audiences with his flamboyant showmanship and compelling melodies, Taupin has quietly crafted the narratives behind these timeless songs, akin to the Gershwin brothers' own dynamic.

Statements from the Songwriters

Elton John expressed his profound gratitude for the honor, acknowledging the rarity for British artists to be recognized in such a significant American cultural award. Similarly, Taupin shared his humbling excitement to be considered in the same echelon as the great American songwriters. Their partnership has been iconic, leading to earlier distinctions including their joint induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and Taupin's recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by John in 2023.

Amidst these milestones, Elton John also celebrated achieving EGOT status in 2023 with an Emmy win for his live concert event.

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