Carole Bayer Sager (Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s [SHOF] prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 50th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards gala, to be held June 13 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.
“If you are going to be the honored recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award, you better be one of the greatest lyricists of all time,” said SHOF chairman Nile Rodgers. “From ‘Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)’ to ‘When I Need You,’ ‘Heartbreaker,’ ‘That’s What Friends Are For,’ ‘Groovy Kind Of Love,’ ‘Nobody Does It Better’ and so many more, the incomparable Carole Bayer Sager has been a powerful female voice that has made the world a gentler and more beautiful place.”
The Johnny Mercer Award is the SHOF’s highest honor. It is reserved exclusively for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it upholds the gold standard set by the organization’s co-founder Johnny Mercer.
Carole Bayer Sager was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
This year’s SHOF inductees are Dallas Austin, Missy Elliott, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin & Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Martin Bandier will receive the Visionary Leadership Award.
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs.