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Tom Waits, his wife, John Prine receive songwriting awards

September 19, 2016
FILE - In this March 14, 2011, file photo, Inductee Tom Waits performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in New York. Waits, his wife Kathleen Brennan and folk singer John Prine are being honored for their songwriting at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
FILE - In this March 14, 2011, file photo, Inductee Tom Waits performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in New York. Waits, his wife Kathleen Brennan and folk singer John Prine are being honored for their songwriting at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Luminaries from the film, music and writing worlds have honored Tom Waits and folk singer John Prine for their songwriting at a ceremony filled with words and song.

Waits’ wife, Kathleen Brennan, also was honored.

John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Roseanne Cash took turns performing renditions of the artists’ music at the Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards on Monday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

Author Colum McCann, director Jim Jarmusch and country singer Sturgill Simpson reflected on the artists’ accomplishments in speeches.

Waits and Prine each performed a song from their long repertoires when accepting their awards. Prine says he’s “stunned” and honored by the award, bestowed biennially by the writers’ group PEN New England.

Honorees are chosen by a committee that includes U2′s Bono (BAH’-noh) and Salman Rushdie.

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