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Bruce Springsteen Awarded 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize

Bruce Springsteen has been awarded the annual Woody Guthrie Prize. He will accept the honor on May 13th during a virtual event for Woody Guthrie Center members.

"Iím honored to receive the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize," Springsteen said in a statement. "Woody wrote some of the greatest songs about Americaís struggle to live up its ideals in convincing fashion. He is one of my most important influences and inspirations."

According to the Woody Guthrie Center, the prize is given to "an artist who best exemplifies Woody Guthrieís spirit and work by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance, or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America."

It was first awarded to Pete Seeger in 2014 and has since been given to Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson, Norman Lear, John Mellencamp, Chuck D, and Joan Baez.

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