Carole King To Be Honored With The 2013 Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

Carole King will be honored with the 2013 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the Library of Congress announced on Thursday.

"I'm proud to be the fifth such honoree and the first woman among such distinguished company," King said in a press release.

"Carole King has been one of the most influential songwriters of our time," the librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, said in announcing the award. He added, "Her body of work reflects the spirit of the Gershwin Prize with its originality, longevity and diversity of appeal."

The 70-year-old songwriter will travel to Washington, D.C. next spring to receive the award and perform at the Library's Coolidge Auditorium ceremony.

King has written a number of classic American pop hits including "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Feel the Earth Move."

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