Elton John: Gershwin Prize for him and Bernie Taupin

Elton John: Gershwin Prize for him and Bernie Taupin

Elton John receives the Gershwin Prize – together with his congenial lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Pop star Elton John (76) and lyricist Bernie Taupin (73) have been a congenial songwriting duo for over 50 years. But in public, Taupin is always in the shadow of the dazzling singer. Now he is getting the recognition he deserves. According to media reports, he will receive the Gershwin Prize for their shared life’s work on an equal footing with Elton John.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is the name of the prize in its entirety. It is awarded by the Research Library of the US Congress. According to the award’s homepage, it is “the country’s highest honor for influence, impact and achievement in the field of popular song.”

“Incredible honor for two British boys”

“I’ve been writing songs with Bernie for 56 years, and we never thought we would one day have this,” a press release quoted Elton John as saying. “It’s an incredible honor for two British boys to be recognized like this. I feel so honored,” the superstar continued.

The Gershwin Prize was first awarded in 2007, and Paul Simon (82) was the first songwriter to be honored. Actually, the prize goes primarily to North American artists. The only exception so far was Paul McCartney (81). In 2023, the Canadian Joni Mitchell (80) received the award.

Elton John has only just achieved the highest showbiz consecration. With the Emmy for “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium” he completed the EGOT. He has won the four major US awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, sometimes multiple times – sometimes without, but often in collaboration with Bernie Taupin.

Source: Stern

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