Tony Bennett: A Gershwin Prize Laureate for a Song-Filled Life

A lifetime achievement award for a lifetime of contributions to pop music...

April 4, 2024

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is a prestigious award honoring artists who have made significant contributions to the genre. In 2017, the award went to a true titan of American music: Tony Bennett.

Bennett's selection was a fitting tribute. Throughout his career, he championed the Great American Songbook, a collection of timeless standards crafted by legendary songwriters like George and Ira Gershwin, the very team the award honors. Bennett's smooth vocals and masterful phrasing breathed new life into these classics, introducing them to new generations.

The Gershwin Prize ceremony itself was a star-studded affair, a testament to Bennett's enduring influence. Fellow music giants like Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, and Stevie Wonder took the stage to pay homage to his legacy.

A presentation box with a Library of Congress medal, The Gershwin Prize For Popular Song.

But the award wasn't just about past achievements. Bennett's career has been remarkable for its longevity. Even well into his later years, he continued to collaborate with a diverse range of artists, proving that his love for song knew no bounds.

Beyond his own performances, Bennett played a crucial role in preserving the legacy of these musical giants. He championed the restoration of classic recordings and actively mentored younger artists, ensuring the Great American Songbook continued to resonate with contemporary audiences.

Tony Bennett's Gershwin Prize wasn't just an award; it was a recognition of a life dedicated to the art of popular song. He was a singer who embodied the spirit of the Gershwins, a master storyteller who used his voice to weave tales of love, loss, and the human experience. His legacy continues to inspire, reminding us of the enduring power of a well-crafted song.

Register to bid now, and uncover your chance to own a piece Bennett’s lasting legacy – for he truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

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