On October 21, 2015, Nelson announced via Twitter that he is the most recent recipient of the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Most Popular Song.
According to the Library of Congress website, The Gershwin Prize is awarded each year in order to celebrate “the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.”
Past recipients have been Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Stevie Wonder. His family was with him when he received the award and they were beaming with pride!
The award inspired Nelson to record an entire album of Gershwin songs, and it’s absolute beautiful. Take a look at one of the songs off the album, “Summertime”.