Paul Simon

Paul Simon and Billy Collins

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Paul Simon and Billy Collins

Hundreds of members of the campus community gathered to listen hear Paul Simon engage in intellecutal discourse about the creative process with his good friend and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

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October 28, 2008 7:00 pm

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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland”) were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, a recipient of their Johnny Mercer Award and is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song “Mrs. Robinson” from the motion picture “The Graduate” was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Songs. He was a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” in 2006. In 2007, Mr. Simon was awarded the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin, this newly created award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture, and is given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwin’s.

Of Mr. Simon’s many concert appearances he is most fond of the two concerts in Central Park in New York (with his partner and childhood friend Art Garfunkel in 1981 and as a solo artist in 1991) and the series of shows he did at the invitation of Nelson Mandela in South Africa: the first American artist to perform in post-apartheid South Africa. In 1998, his performance on center field at Yankee Stadium celebrating the unveiling of Joe DiMaggio’s monument is a treasured memory for this lifelong Yankee’s fan.



  • Simon & Garfunkel – Best Contemporary Vocal Duo – “Mrs. Robinson”
  • Record of the Year “Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel
  • A&R Producers, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee
  • Best Original Score Written for Motion Picture – “The Graduate”


  • Songwriter – Best Contemporary Song – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • Song of the Year – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • Simon & Garfunkel Record of the Year – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • Simon & Garfunkel Album of the Year – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”


  • Best Pop Vocal Male – “Still Crazy After All These Years”
  • Album of the Year – “Still Crazy After All These Years”
  • Producers, Album of the Year – “Still Crazy After All These Years”


  • Paul Simon Artist & Album Producer, Album of the Year – “Graceland”


  • Paul Simon Artist & Producer, Record of the Year – “Graceland”


  • Grammy Hall of Fame; Simon & Garfunkel Album “Bridge Over Troubled Water”


  • Simon & Garfunkel Lifetime Achievement Award

Various Awards


  • Paul Simon inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame


  • Paul Simon wins American Music Awards; Favorite Album – Pop / Rock “Graceland”


  • Simon & Garfunkel Inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


  • Songwriters Hall of Fame; The Johnny Mercer Award June 10, 1998


  • Paul Simon inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


  • Paul Simon recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors


  • Paul Simon selected by TIME MAGAZINE as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World”


  • Paul Simon First recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (Created by the Library of Congress)