Elton John and Bernie Taupin to receive the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress

"It’s a huge honour, probably the biggest honour we’ve ever been given as a songwriting partnership"
29 February 2024
Bernie Taupin and Elton John, are pictured together in 2019. Photo by Gavin Bond

The Library of Congress will award Elton John and Bernie Taupin the 2024 Gershwin Prize, marking a tribute to their 56-year partnership in songwriting. John gratefully acknowledged this unique honor within their long-standing collaboration.

“I’ve been writing songs with Bernie for 56 years,” said Elton John in a video interview with the Library of Congress, “and never when we started out, did we ever think that one day this might be bestowed upon us. It’s a huge honour, probably the biggest honour we’ve ever been given as a songwriting partnership.”

The award event, scheduled for March 20 in Washington, DC, will include performances by notables such as Garth Brooks and Metallica, with John and Taupin present and Billy Porter hosting.

Since its establishment in 2007, the Gershwin Prize recognizes the significant contributions of John and Taupin to music and lyrics, highlighting the Library of Congress’s commitment to preserving America’s musical legacy.

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