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NEW YORK (AP) – Rosanne Cash’s latest award is a medal previously presented to Toni Morrison, Stephen Sondheim and Georgia O’Keeffe, among others.
The singer-songwriter is this year’s winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, presented by the MacDowell artist colony, which announced the award on Sunday. In a statement released by MacDowell, Cash said she was “deeply humble” to receive an award presented to Morrison and others.
“I am in no way equating, but I accept this honor with deepest gratitude, as encouragement to do my best work and in the service of future inspiration. My heart is full of this precious recognition, ”she said.
Cash, who will turn 65 by the end of this month, has won four Grammys and is known for albums such as Interiors, Seven Year Ache and The River and the Thread. The award committee was chaired by critic Greil Marcus, who cited her long track record and background as the daughter of Johnny Cash in a statement.
“From the shockingly intimate timbre of ‘Seven Year Ache’ 1981 to the reflective darkness of ‘She Remembers Everything’ 37 years later, Rosanne Cash stood out from her contemporaries as a composer, singer and someone who can conjure up atmosphere in a certain way, since she escaped the weight of her celebrated ancestors, ”said Marcus.
Cash is officially honored at MacDowell Colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The ceremony has been postponed to August 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.