(CBS/AP) Folk music legend Pete Seeger is receiving a "Distinguished Service" award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 92-year-old may sing a song to celebrate.
According to academy's executive director, Virginia Dajani, Seeger might perform at the May 16 ceremony, at which playwright Tony Kushner will present Seeger a certificate and a check for $1,000.
In an acceptance letter sent to the academy, and shared with The Associated Press, Seeger wrote that his father, Charles Louis Seeger, Jr., would have been "especially pleased." The elder Seeger was a composer, conductor and pioneer of "ethnomusicology."
"I am glad we are all realizing that the arts, in a broad sense, may save the world, save the human race," Pete Seeger wrote to the academy.
The arts academy is an honorary society founded in 1898. It has a core membership of 250 writers, artists and musicians.