House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., showed off her knowledge of Carole King's discography at the Library of Congress award luncheon for the singer-songwriter Tuesday, dropping references to everything from "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" to King's most recent album, "Live at the Troubadour."
"For a long while, we were kind of a stepchild," King said when thanking the library for its recognition of pop music. King is the first woman to receive the library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award recognizes a lifetime of achievement, but Pelosi joked that they should slow down the "legacy" talk since King is still working.
King observed in her speech that she's encountered many of the Congress members in the room -- such as Reps. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and John Dingell, D-Mich., who also spoke -- through her work advocating legislation to protect the Rocky Mountains.
Pelosi presented a certificate to King at the luncheon, held in the Thomas Jefferson Building's members-only room, and President Obama will present the medal to King on Wednesday at the White House. The library hosts a tribute concert Tuesday featuring Patti Austin and Colbie Caillat, among others, and the White House hosts another Wednesday that will air May 28 on PBS, featuring James Taylor,
Emeli Sande and Trisha Yearwood.