Carole King is heading to the White House.
The popular singer will be honored by President Obama and the Library of Congress with the Gerswhin Prize for Popular Song. King will put on a concert in the East Room along with Billy Joel, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood and several other performers.
According to a White House press release, “Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance At The White House” will be broadcast on Tuesday, May 28.
King is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize. The award, which has been won by songwriters like Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, is given to a musicians whose “lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with (George and Ira Gershwin).”
President Obama will present King with the award, as he did with Wonder and McCartney, before enjoying the White House concert.
The President has been hosting concerts at the White House since February 2009. This will be the 11th “In Performance At The White House” concert hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle.
Carole King’s songs have been performed by numerous artists including James Taylor, Celine Dion, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Herman’s Hermits, The Monkees, and several more. Her albumTapestry was ranked number 36 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all-time.