April 24, 2024

Elton John (pictured left) and Bernie Taupin (right) will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday, March 20th in Washington D.C.

“Their careers stand out for the quality and broad appeal of their music and their influence on their fellow artists,” said Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. 

Metallica will be among the artists performing during the ceremony. “We are beyond excited and proud to have been invited to perform at a very special event,” Metallica wrote in a statement. Garth Brooks, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris are also slated to appear.

Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin joined forces in ’67 and composed standards such as “Your Song” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” plus the more the Rock oriented songs “I’m Still Standing” and “Crocodile Rock, which became the pair’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in ’73.

PBS stations nationwide will premiere the concert on Monday, April 8th, at 8 PM ET (check local listings), available via broadcast and streaming on PBS.org and the PBS app.

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