Elton John and Bernie Taupin Win 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song | Playbill

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Awards Elton John and Bernie Taupin Win 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

John and Taupin will be honored with a tribute concert in Washington, D.C., screening April 8.

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Legendary songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin will be honored with the 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. Named for the brotherly songwriting team George and Ira Gershwin, the prize honors legendary American songwriters.

John and Taupin will be honored with a private tribute concert in Washington, D.C., which will then be screened on PBS nationwide April 8.

Composer John and lyricist Taupin first met in 1967, with their songwriting partnership enduring for more than 50 years. “Elton John and Bernie Taupin have written some of the most memorable songs of our lives. Their careers stand out for the quality and broad appeal of their music and their influence on their fellow artists,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “More than 50 years ago, they came from across the pond to win over Americans and audiences worldwide with their beautiful songs and rock anthems. We’re proud to honor Elton and Bernie with the Gershwin Prize for their incredible impact on generations of music lovers.”

"I've been writing songs with Bernie for 56 years, and we never thought that that one day this might be bestowed upon us,” said John. “It's an incredible honor for two British guys to be recognized like this. I’m so honored.” Taupin added,  "To be in a house along with the great American songwriters, to even be in the same avenue is humbling, and I am absolutely thrilled to accept."

John and Taupin collaborated on Broadway's short-lived vampire musical Lestat, while John has additionally contributed music to The Lion KingAida, and Billy Elliot: The Musical. His newest musical, Tammy Faye, premiered in London's West End in 2023 and is now Broadway bound. His stage musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada will open in the West End in October.

 
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