US Library of Congress to honor Paul McCartney

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Posted: Nov 16, 2009 11:25 AM

The Library of Congress is awarding Paul McCartney its third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Librarian of Congress James Billington announced the prize Monday. An all-star tribute concert is planned for spring next year, though the library hasn't announced who will perform.

The 67-year-old former Beatle recently completed a five-week summer tour of the United States, including a stop in the Washington area.

Billington says it's hard to think of another performer and composer who has had a more transformative effect than McCartney.

Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon previously won the Gershwin prize. The library houses the manuscripts of the songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin.

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U.S. Library of Congress Gershwin Prize: http://www.loc.gov/about/awardshonors/gershwin/

Paul McCartney's Web site: http://www.paulmccartney.com/