John Mellencamp Awarded Woody Guthrie Prize

Congrats to John Mellencamp, who will be presented with The Woody Guthrie Prize later this summer.

The Rock and Roll Hall of famer will be the fifth artist to receive the award at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma Aug. 30.

The annual prize is given to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate and serving as a positive force for social change.

Mellencamp was selected because he “has used his artistic gifts to spread a positive message of hope, equality and freedom,” according to a release by the center.

The Indiana native ‘s latest album, “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies,” includes the song “My Soul’s Got Wings,” with lyrics written by Guthrie and music by Mellencamp.