Legendary BMI songwriter Woody Guthrie will be the recipient of the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame Pioneer Award, to be presented at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 14, 20102 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
The Pioneer Award has been established to honor the career of a historic creator of a major body of musical work that has been a major influence on generations of songwriters.
"This year, we join musicians and songwriters from around the world in celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday," commented SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb. "One of the great songwriters of all time, we look forward to acknowledging his brilliance with the first-ever Songwriters Hall of Fame Pioneer Award."
Guthrie wrote more than 3,000 songs throughout his career, including American staples "This Land Is Your Land," "This Train Is Bound For Glory," "Pastures of Plenty" and "Pretty Boy Floyd." First known as "the Dustbowl Balladeer," his musical and compositional style has influenced generations of contemporary songwriters in every genre, from folk to rock. Recognized for his monumental contributions and achievements in American culture, Guthrie was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1977, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and in 1999 he was honored with The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, to commemorate what would be Guthrie's centennial year, Woody Guthrie Publications and the Grammy Museum are collaborating on a year-long celebration from California to the New York Island and across the pond, with concerts, exhibits, educational conferences and album releases, among other honorary celebrations.