Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Martina McBride, Mary Mary and will.i.am are among the lineup of performers for “Stevie Wonder in Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.” The Feb. 25 concert is in honor of Wonder being this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
During the hourlong event in the East Room, President Obama will present the Gershwin Prize to Wonder. Public television station WETA Washington, D.C. is taping the event for airing on PBS outlets nationwide on Feb. 26 (8 p.m. ET).
In addition to the Prize, the Library also offered Wonder a musical
commission. He will present the piece at a recital in honor of the Gershwin Prize Feb. 23 in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. That will be followed by a reception and then a dinner during which Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will deliver a brief address.
Wonder is the second recipient of the Gershwin Prize. Singer/songwriter Paul Simon was the first recipient in 2007. The creators and executive producers of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song are Peter and Bob Kaminsky, Mark Krantz and Cappy McGarr. The award honors the enduring legacy of songwriting team George and Ira Gershwin. The brothers’ extensive manuscript collections reside in the Library of Congress.