On May 13, Bruce Springsteen will accept the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize, which honors artists who continue the legacy of the late folk legend. The Woody Guthrie Center will present the award during a live stream event that will broadcast for Woody Guthrie Center members. “I’m honored to receive the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize,” Springsteen said in a press release. “Woody wrote some of the greatest songs about America’s struggle to live up its ideals in convincing fashion. He is one of my most important influences and inspirations.”
Previous Woody Guthrie Prize recipients include Joan Baez, Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Pete Seeger, and more. “As an observer of the human condition and a reporter about the plight of common people, Bruce Springsteen is a true child of Woody Guthrie,” Woody Guthrie Center Director Deana McCloud said in press materials. She continued:
He continues Woody’s work by writing about our struggles in this land of hope and dreams, and provided one of our favorite performances of “This Land is Your Land” with Pete Seeger at the first Obama inauguration.