The music industry honored 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 presented 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.
Librarian of Congress James Billington said he was delighted that the library’s preservation work was being honored – but he never expected to win any kind of Grammy.
“I can’t even carry a tune, so the thought that I’m being awarded a Grammy will amaze everyone who moves slightly away from me whenever I start singing,” he told The Associated Press.
Billington said preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage is one of the most neglected issues.
“We are kind of a throw-away society,” he said. “We’re tremendous at creating things in this country with our freedoms and our richness and variety of forms of cultural expression, but we seem to think things will last forever.”
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