The GRAMMY Museum and Woody Guthrie Center’s celebration of folk singer Pete Seeger on Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City will continue as planned.
Seeger was scheduled to accept the first-ever Woody Guthrie Prize award and perform at the event. Seeger died on Jan. 27.
The event and award presentation will serve as a celebration of Seeger’s musical legacy, as well as his connection to Guthrie and his work. The event has been retitled “How Can I Keep from Singing!” and event organizers are working to book acts for the show.
“The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” Nora Guthrie, the singer's daughter, said in a statement. “The power of song, as he constantly reminded us, can take us through everything that life, and death, throws at us. On Feb. 22, we won’t take a moment of silence to remember him. We will take all the moments to sing -- as loudly and with as many harmonies as we can muster.”
The Woody Guthrie Prize will be given annually to the artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life’s work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms. Proceeds from the event will support the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla.