2010 National Medal of Arts
James Taylor is the quintessential singer/songwriter. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers of all generations and from all walks of life.
Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for a catalog running from 1970's Sweet Baby James to his Grammy Award-winning efforts Hourglass (1997) and October Road (2002). He was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest accolade, and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2000.
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