- Associated Press - Thursday, December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer-songwriter Carole King has a friend in the Library of Congress: She’s the first woman to win the library’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

In her five decades of songwriting, Miss King’s hits have included “You’ve Got a Friend,” ”So Far Away” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The library said Thursday that Miss King will be the fifth person to receive the prize. Prior recipients include Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Librarian of Congress James Billington said Miss King’s work has been recorded by many artists to communicate such universal human emotions as love, joy and pain.

Mr. King will receive the prize in the spring and says in a statement that she looks forward to performing in Washington. Honorees typically are saluted at the White House.


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