NewsArts & Culture / July 11, 2018

Singer John Mellencamp Awarded Woody Guthrie Prize

The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced Wednesday that Mellencamp will be presented with the award during an Aug. 30 ceremony.John Mellencamp, Woody Guthrie Prize, The Woody Guthrie Center2018-07-11T00:00:00-04:00
Singer John Mellencamp Awarded Woody Guthrie Prize

FILE - In this Thursday, April 6, 2017, file photo, John Mellencamp performs at a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Mellencamp will be presented with the Woodie Guthrie Prize in August.

Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rocker John Mellencamp has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Prize.

The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced Wednesday that Mellencamp will be presented with the award during an Aug. 30 ceremony. He is the fifth recipient.

The annual prize is given to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate and serving as a positive force for social change.

The center says in a news release that Mellencamp, like Guthrie, "has used his artistic gifts to spread a positive message of hope, equality and freedom."

Mellencamp is an Indiana native and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His latest album, "Sad Clowns and Hillbillies," includes the song "My Soul's Got Wings," with lyrics written by Guthrie and music by Mellencamp.

 

 

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