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February 26th, 2009
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News Stories That Make You Go "Hmmmm"
This is the beginning of the AP story on Stevie Wonder being awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday thanked musician Stevie Wonder for creating “a style that’s uniquely American” as he presented the singer-songwriter the nation’s highest award for pop music.

Now, if anyone had asked me before I read that, "What is the nation's highest award for pop music?" I would have said "The Grammy" without hesitation. I realize I would have been wrong, since the Grammy is an industry award, not a national award.

But now that I have this new information, it really begs the question: What is the nation's second highest award for pop music?

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From:chimosa
Date:February 26th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
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That's so weird- I always thought the National Medal of Arts was the highest award any artist could get
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From:mofic
Date:February 26th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but it's not specifically for popular music so it's not the nation's highest award for popular music.

I'm mostly just being silly. I think the Gershwin Prize is likely the only national award specifically awarded for popular music...
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From:chimosa
Date:February 26th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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OH ok, I get it- I thought it was for all music but yeah no pop music? I don't think there need to be many more awards out there for pop people, let alone national awards... limit the chances that Britney will meet Obama as much as humanly possible i say
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