Songwriting legends Burt Bacharach and Hal David were recently awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and there was quite a celebration in their honor. Next week PBS will air the White House ceremony, which includes performances by Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Mike Myers, Rumer, Arturo Sandoval, Sheléa and Stevie Wonder.
As a preview, PBS has released video of Wonder’s performance. The soul superstar sang Bacharach and David’s “Alfie,” which Wonder covered in 1968 on harmonica. After Wonder’s performance, President Obama takes the stage to award the prize to David’s wife and Bacharach.
David and Bacharach are collectively the fourth recipients of the Gershwin Prize, following Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. Take a look at the clip below and watch the full program this Monday, May 21, on PBS. [PBS]