Paul Williams is receiving the Johnny Mercer Award this year.\r\n \tIt is the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor.\r\n \tMany recognize Williams for writing hits for Elvis Presley, The Carpenters, and more.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSongwriter Paul Williams is officially receiving the Johnny Mercer Award, which is the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor. He writes classic hits such as \u201cWe\u2019ve Only Just Begun\u201d and \u201cRainbow Connection.\u201d Williams is receiving the award at the 51st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner. It is taking place on June 11th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.\r\n\r\nThe Johnny Mercer Award is the highest honor by the Hall, \u201cexclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.\u201d\r\nPaul Williams recipient of Johnny Mercer Award\r\n\r\n\r\nWilliams had experience writing songs for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, and Ella Fitzgerald. He officially makes it into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.\r\n\r\nRELATED: 92-Year-Old Woman So Excited When She Learns Willie Nelson Recorded A Song She Wrote\r\n\r\n\u201cIt feels so great,\u201d Williams says of the honor. \u201cThere are a few lyricists who are simply beyond the pale in terms of their elegance and expertise, and the pinnacles are Lorenz Hart, Johnny Burke and of course Johnny Mercer.\u201d He continues, \u201cA huge part of this honor is the fact that it\u2019s given by peers, by people that I love so much. It\u2019s like having your family say, \u2018We\u2019re proud of you.\u2019 When I first joined\u00a0ASCAP\u00a0in 1972, one great thing was that I didn\u2019t have to give up my \u2018fan card,\u2019 and that\u2019s the way I feel at the ceremony every year, I run around the room getting selfies with people, because it\u2019s such a thrill just to be in the same room with them.\u201d\r\nA successful history\r\n\r\n\r\nWilliams also mentions his collaborators Roger Nichols and Kenny Ascher. He says that \u201cthey\u2019ve been such a huge part of my success.\u201d SHOF Chairman Nile Rodgers has nothing but good things to say about this year's Johnny Mercer Award recipient.\r\n\r\n\u201cPaul Williams\u00a0is a songwriter\u2019s songwriter. He\u2019s one of the most wonderful and colorful creators of our time and a man who has given the world so much love through songs like \u2018Just an Old Fashioned Love Song,\u2019 \u2018We\u2019ve Only Just Begun\u2019 and \u2018Rainbow Connection.\u2019 As my fellow collaborator on Daft Punk\u2019s \u201cRandom Access Memories,\u201d it\u2019s a pleasure for all of us at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame to be able to repay that love with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award to go along with his Oscar, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and Ivor Novello International Award, as well as his earned induction into the\u00a0Songwriters Hall of Fame.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInductees at this year's event will include:\r\n\r\nMariah Carey\r\n\r\nEurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart)\r\n\r\nThe Isley Brothers\r\n\r\nSteve Miller\r\n\r\nThe Neptunes (Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams)\r\n\r\nRick Nowels and William \u201cMickey\u201d Stevenson\r\n\r\nIn conclusion, a big congratulations to Paul Williams on this incredible honor!