Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno and Jimmy Webb Inducted into Great American Songbook Hall of Fame

The Center for Performing Arts and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative present the 2013 Encore Celebration Gala Weekend June 28-29.

The event honors the contributions of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno and Jimmy Webb. Feinstein, the Initiative's founder and noted American Songbook ambassador who also serves as the Center for the Performing Arts artistic director, will induct the honorees as part of the Songbook Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors lyricists, composers and performers responsible for creating America's soundtrack.

"We intentionally created the Hall of Fame to honor our country's songwriters and artists," Feinstein said in an earlier statement. "Sharing their music and recognizing their contributions ensures that our heritage endures for generations to come."

According to press notes, award categories include:

Legend: Awarded posthumously to an artist who made a significant contribution to the Golden Age of American popular music, typically defined as the period from the early years of the 20th century through the 1960s. Inductees: Frank Sinatra, 2013; Cole Porter, 2012. Songbook: Awarded to living songwriters, both lyricists and composers, who have made a significant impact on American pop culture by creating the most beloved songs from the American popular songbook. Inductees: Jimmy Webb, 2013; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, 2012.

New Standard: Awarded to the artist, songwriter, and/or performer, who continues to create the soundtrack of our lives by writing and/or performing music that will stand the test of time and become the pop standards of tomorrow. Inductees: Liza Minnelli, 2013; Rita Moreno, 2013; Barry Manilow, 2012.

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