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Smokey Robinson Honored With National Pop Music Prize

The U.S. library announced Tuesday that Robinson will receive the award this year

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    Smokey Robinson performs at A Capitol Fourth concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that Robinson will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song this year.

    Rhythm and blues icon Smokey Robinson has been honored by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

    The U.S. library announced Tuesday that Robinson will receive the award this year.

    The Gershwin Prize was created by Congress and named for the songwriting duo of George and Ira Gershwin. It honors lifetime achievement in pop music. Past recipients include Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson and Stevie Wonder.

    The 76-year-old Robinson was behind some of the biggest hits in Motown history. As the lead singer of the Miracles, he wrote and performed "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," ''The Tracks of My Tears" and "I Second That Emotion." He also wrote some of the Temptations' best-known songs, including "My Girl."