Elton John and Bernie Taupin To Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame Honor
Elton John and Bernie Taupin are set to be honored with the Johnny Mercer Award this year by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The award will be handed out at the 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 13th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Songwriters Hall of Fame's Jimmy Webb said of the duo, "Some catalogs are more 'deep' and significant than others not only because of their pertinence to the times in which they were written, but because their sheer mass is overpowering. It's just not that easy to write 40 Top 10 records. It's kind of like swimming the English Channel with your hands tied behind your back. Elton's readily identifiable melodic piano style has proven to be a perfect accompaniment to Bernie's razor sharp lyrics about relationships and living on the edge of life both in good and bad times."
This year they will be inducting Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry. They will also be giving their Pioneer Award to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.