Van Morrison will be honored with the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Morrison, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, will receive the award at a gala on June 18 in New York.
“You have to be an inductee to get that award, and the music has to be the caliber and spirit of Johnny Mercer’s,” says Songwriters Hall of Fame president and CEO Linda Moran. “Your body of work has to be considered the gold-bar standard by your peers.”
Having written songs like Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Moondance and Tupelo Honey over a 50-year career, Morrison’s work reaches that standard. “His compositions are poetic, mystical,” Moran says. “That’s why he’s in the company of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Carole King.”