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Library of Congress wins special Grammy Award


April 17. 2013 5:34PM
Associated Press

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(AP) The music industry is honoring the Library of Congress with a special Grammy Award on Wednesday night for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings, along with honors for Jennifer Hudson.


The Recording Academy planned to present its Grammys on the Hill Award to the library at an event in Washington, featuring appearances by producer Clive Davis, singer Yolanda Adams and others. The group is honoring Hudson with a Recording Artist Coalition Award for her charity work and will salute York Community High School near Chicago for its outstanding music program.


The Grammys on the Hill Awards are meant to connect the music industry with the world of policy and politics in Washington. The presentation will feature a tribute performance by former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi and songwriters Angela Hunte and Victoria Shaw


Daryl Friedman, the Recording Academy's chief lobbyist in Washington, said the library's National Recording Registry goes beyond its practical purpose of ensuring that recordings are preserved for generations to come.


"It raises the profile of great American recordings from all genres, even spoken word, great speeches, great music," he said. "It just brings attention to this incredible wealth of riches we have in our American culture."


The Grammy Foundation pushed for legislation in Congress more than 10 years ago to create the preservation program at the library. So far, 375 audio recordings have been preserved through the program for their historic, artistic or cultural significance. This year's inductees include Simon and Garfunkel's album "Sounds of Silence" and Chubby Checker's dance hit "The Twist."


The recordings are housed at the library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation built partially in a bunker in Culpeper, Va. The facility houses more than 6 million items, including about 3.5 million sound recordings.


Past honorees have included Garth Brooks, Don Henley, Vice President Joe Biden, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and California Rep. Darrell Issa for supporting music policies.


Friedman said Hudson has stood out for supporting her own charities, as well as the Grammy Foundation and its work.


"She is an outstanding vocalist, of course, an amazing actress, but also really a committed philanthropist," he said. "It's just her generous heart, her spirit and her talent."


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