Elton and Bernie Taupin have been named the 2013 recipients of the Johnny Mercer Award, which will be presented in New York City on June 13 during the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The two men, who were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, are being recognised for meeting the standards set by Mercer, a co-founder of Capitol Records.
The Mercer trophy is presented to "a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer," according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
"Some catalogs are more 'deep' and significant than others not only because of their pertinence to the times in which they were written, but because their sheer mass is overpowering," stated Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb. "It's just not that easy to write 40 Top 10 records. It's kind of like swimming the English Channel with your hands tied behind your back. Elton's readily identifiable melodic piano style has proven to be a perfect accompaniment to Bernie's razor sharp lyrics about relationships and living on the edge of life both in good and bad times."