by Josh Gross
Idaho may not have a monarchy, but it has a king: a lady by the name of Carole King.
The famed songwriter already picked up a Grammy nomination this year for her Christmas album, A Holiday Carole.
But Dec. 13, Madame King got another feather for her cap, when the Library of Congress announced her as the 2013 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
From a press release:
The iconic singer-songwriter, known for such beloved hits as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “So Far Away,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” will receive the prize in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2013. She will be feted with a series of events, including an honoree’s luncheon and musical performance in the Library of Congress’ historic Coolidge Auditorium. The prize honors the lifetime achievement of artists whose work exemplifies the standard of excellence associated with towering songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. King joins prior recipients Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney and songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David in receiving the honor.
Here in America, we don't have knighthoods, so this prize will have to do. Though being a knight would be a step down from being a king, anyhow.
Now, let's just hope it doesn't go to her head and make her so vain she thinks the prize is about her.