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pcollins Phil Collins Is Getting a Major Music AwardNo one knows this yet, so shhhh … Phil Collins is going to receive the Johnny Mercer Award this June from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Mercer Award is the most prestigious award given out by the SHOF. To receive it, you have to have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Collins is in pretty cool company. Previous winners include Stephen Sondheim, Paul Simon, Carole King, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

A source says that Collins, who’s been on hiatus recently thanks to throat surgery, is particularly psyched because last year’s winners were Motown greats Holland-Dozier-Holland. Phil’s next album is a collection of Motown cover songs.

Collins’ award means that he will more than likely perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a hot ticket on June 17 at the Marriott Marquis. Collins has pretty much been off the circuit for quite a while.

The Genesis founder’s appearance also raises the tantalizing possibility of some interesting collaborations that night since Earth Wind & Fire are also being inducted. Phil and EW&F’s Philip Bailey share a number 1 duet from the 1980s, called “Easy Lover.”

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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