Paul McCartney wins Gershwin Prize

Library of Congress will present award next year

WASHINGTON -- The Library of Congress is awarding Paul McCartney its third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Librarian of Congress James Billington announced the prize Monday. An all-star tribute concert is planned for spring next year, though the library hasn't announced who will perform.

The Beatle recently completed a five-week summer tour of the U.S., including a stop in the Washington area.

Billington says it's hard to think of another performer and composer who has had a more transformative effect than McCartney.

Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon previously won the Gershwin prize. The library houses the manuscripts of the songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin.