On May 13, Bruce Springsteen will receive the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize, which honors artists who continue the legacy of the late folk legend. The Woody Guthrie Center will present the award at a live stream event to be broadcast for members of the Woody Guthrie Center. “I am honored to receive the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize,” Springsteen said in a press release. “Woody has written some of the most famous songs about America’s struggle to live out its values in convincing fashion. He is one of my most important influences and inspirations.”
Past Woody Guthrie Prize recipients include Joan Baez, Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Pete Seeger, and more. “As an observer of the human condition and a reporter on the condition of most people, Bruce Springsteen is a real son of Woody Guthrie,” Woody Guthrie Center Director Deana McCloud said in the statement materials. He continues:
Nora Guthrie, head of Woody Guthrie Publications and daughter of Woody, added:
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