Elton John and Bernie Taupin Named 2024 Recipients of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Elton John and Bernie Taupin will be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song on March 20 at Washington, D.C.’s Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall. The invitation-only, all-star concert will premiere on PBS stations April 8.
Renowned Songwriting Duo to Receive Prestigious Award
The renowned Songwriting Duo is only the third pair to receive the prestigious award, following Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 2012, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan in 2019. Established in 2007, the Gershwin Prize honors artists whose creative works are collected and made accessible by the Library and acknowledges popular song’s vital role in society. The prize is named for another legendary songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin, whose papers are held by the Library.
Past Recipients and Recognition of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Impact
Other past recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Lionel Richie and Garth Brooks. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, stated, “Elton John and Bernie Taupin have written some of the most memorable songs of our lives. Their careers stand out for the quality and broad appeal of their music and their influence on their fellow artists.”
Iconic Pop and Rock Classics Penned by the Songwriting Team
The pair have penned such Pop and rock classics as “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Bennie & the Jets,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Crocodile Rock,” which became their first of eight No. 1s as a songwriting team on the Billboard Hot 100.
Humble and Honored: Reactions from Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Elton John expressed his appreciation, saying, “It’s an incredible honor for two British guys to be recognized like this. I’m so honored.” Bernie Taupin added, “To be in a house along with the great American songwriters, to even be in the same avenue, is humbling, and I am absolutely thrilled to accept.”
Selection Process and Recognition of Their Achievements
In making the selection, the Librarian of Congress consulted leading members of the Music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library’s music division, American Folklife Center and National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is a co-production of WETA Washington, D.C., Ken Ehrlich Productions and the Library of Congress. Performers will be announced closer to the event.