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May 21, 2012

Gershwin Prize Presentation by President Obama to Burt Bacharach and Hal David to Air Tonight, May 21st, at 9PM (EST) on PBS

Tonight PBS will air a star-studded tribute to the legendary songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The broadcast will showcase an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of Bacharach and David’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Featured performers at the White House show are: Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Rumer, Mike Meyers, Arturo Sandoval, Shelea and past Gershwin Prize recipient Stevie Wonder.

The ASCAP members, who penned such classic tunes as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “Walk on By” and “Alfie“ represent one of the most successful collaborations ever in popular music history.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary ASCAP members George and Ira Gershwin. This award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. The prize is given annually to a composer or songwriter whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins. The first Gershwin Prize was awarded to Paul Simon in May 2007; the second and third Prizes were presented to Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, respectively. Hal David and Burt Bacharach are the fourth recipients and the first songwriting team to receive this honor.

The show airs Monday, May 21, 9:00-10:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide. Please check channel listings for your area.

Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach

Hal David

Hal David