Why does the Gershwin prize always go to a pop artist?main
They’ve just given it to Willie Nelson.
Previous winners (since 2007) are Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. ‘The selection … is made by the Librarian of Congress in consultation with board members selected for their expertise in various fields related to music.’
Then why has there been no winner from Gershwin’s specialist fields of opera, piano and orchestral music?