We haven’t seen her in a minute, but The Voice season 11 2nd runner-up Wé McDonald performed “For Once In My Life,” on a PBS special honoring Tony Bennett.
During the event, which aired Friday night (Jan 12) across most PBS stations, the Library of Congress awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to the legendary crooner. In addition to Wé, artists such as Stevie Wonder, Chris Botti, Michael Bublé, Gloria Estefan, Michael Feinstein, Savion Glover, Josh Groban, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lukas Nelson, and Vanessa Williams performed in tribute to Bennett. The event took place at the D.A.R Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.
Established by the Library of Congress, The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song seeks to honor the legacy of brothers George and Ira Gershwin, the legendary songwriting team, and celebrate the work of artists whose careers reflect a lifetime of achievement in promoting popular song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.
The Gershwin Prize was first awarded to Paul Simon in 2007, followed by Stevie Wonder in 2009, Sir Paul McCartney in 2010, the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 2012, Carole King in 2013, Billy Joel in 2014, Willie Nelson in 2015 and Smokey Robinson in 2016.
Watch Wé’s knockout performance of “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder here.