Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who is the Gershwin Prize named for?

Who is the Gershwin Prize named for? The Gershwin Prize is named for the two brothers who wrote some of America's most famous tunes, composer George and lyricist Ira Gershwin.

Together they wrote songs like "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," and "An American in Paris," and the operetta Porgy and Bess. Ira Gershwin continued writing songs for many years after his brother's death. The Gershwin Prize is given to a composer or performer for his lifetime contribution to the world of music.

This year's recipient is Paul McCartney, who was feted at an all-star concert that will be televised tonight on PBS. President Barack Obama presented McCartney with the award at the White House ceremony last month.

Quote: "Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise." — George Gershwin

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