The Great American Songbook Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission
to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook.
2013 new standard Award
“One of the best gifts my parents ever gave me was naming Ira Gershwin as my godfather. So the Great American Songbook has been a part of my life in one way or another for a long time. I am so grateful to receive this honor as singing these songs has connected me to parts of my life both past and present.” – Liza Minnelli
Earning four Tony Awards, one Academy Award, a “Living Legend” Grammy, two Golden Globe awards and one Emmy during her fifty-year career, Liza Minnelli is no stranger to accolade. Minnelli became the youngest woman to win a leading actress Tony award for her performance in Flora the Red Menace at age 19, and has since performed in Chicago, The Rink, The Act, and most recently Liza’s at the Palace in 2008, among others. She has also had a striking film career, starring in Arthur, The Sterile Cuckoo, Lucky Lady, and New York, New York. However, Minnelli captured the hearts of millions as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film Cabaret, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning eight, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Minnelli. Countless soundtracks house Minnelli’s unmistakable tone and her renditions of “New York, New York,” “Cabaret,” and “Maybe This Time” continue to remain classics in American popular song. In addition to her impressive Broadway and film resume, Minnelli has also released 11 solo performance studio albums and 10 live albums throughout her career. Minnelli has headlined some of the world’s most prestigious and well-recognized music halls, including The Palladium in London, England, Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.