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Neil Young and Paul Simon join in Gershwin Prize tribute to Willie Nelson

Neil Young and Paul Simon join in Gershwin Prize tribute to Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson’s duet with Cyndi Lauper during Wednesday night’s Gershwin Prize tribute was not the best moment in the show, but it perfectly encapsulated why Nelson was being honored by the Library of Congress as a standard-bearer for American song.

Nelson and Lauper — the Red Headed Stranger and the pink-haired chanteuse — sang “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” the Gershwin standard that will be part of Nelson’s next album, which happens to be a collection of songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

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