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TV veteran Norman Lear to receive 2017 Woody Guthrie Prize in L.A.

TV veteran Norman Lear to receive 2017 Woody Guthrie Prize in L.A.

Television producer, writer and social activist Norman Lear will receive the Woody Guthrie Prize, which is awarded annually to an artist who “best exemplifies the spirit and life work of the Oklahoma singer, songwriter and folk music provocateur.”

Lear will receive the award at a ceremony May 12 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, at which he also will take part in a question-and-answer session with Guthrie scholar and museum Executive Director Robert Santelli.

The Woody Guthrie Prize is bestowed by the Tulsa, Okla.-based Woody Guthrie Center and was created to recognize artists who are “speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms...

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