Taking sides: Who should win the next Gershwin Prize?
Macca Week continues here on Click Track -- despite much reader protest over our repeated use of Paul McCartney's popular nickname. (We didn't come up with it, people!)
Macca, ahem, Sir Paul visits the White House next Tuesday to accept the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honor is big, but the prize itself is relatively new. Previous winners include Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
For our weekly Taking sides post, Click Track's contributors each chose a songwriter they'd like to see win the next Gershwin Prize. Vote in our poll below, and read our thoughts after the jump.
Chris Richards: I'm going with the most versatile songwriter in the history of American popular music. He's a true poet, a enigmatic character and an unimpeachable genius. He has weird facial hair. He hails from Minnesota. His name is Prince.
David Malitz: How could it be anyone besides Bob Dylan? I mean, I know you have to mix it up a bit and not just give every songwriting award to Bob Dylan the first year the award is around. But year four seems about right.
Sarah Godfrey: I say the next honoree should be Chuck Berry. He's got “Maybellene,” “Johnny B. Goode" and "No Money Down," among many others. He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a Songwriter Hall of Famer -- give the man a Gershwin!
Allison Stewart: In a perfect world, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen would tie for the award next year, and the ceremony would be beyond awesome, and Prince would show up, because what would He be doing that night that was more important than that?
And Springsteen already got a Kennedy Center honor, so if there's some kind of vetting process like there is for Supreme Court nominees, he's probably already passed. In my nightmares, they give it to Sting. A nice real world compromise: James Taylor gets it. He's underrated as a songwriter, and maybe Carly Simon would show up,although that might be awkward. Not sure what's going on there.
May 27, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Prince
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