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Pete Seeger's death isn't keeping the Woody Guthrie Center from honoring him.  The folk icon, who passed away Monday at the age of 94, is the inaugural recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize. 

The award recognizes artists who through their work reflect Woody's spirit and provide a voice for those less fortunate. 

Seeger was expected to be on hand to accept the prize and perform at the ceremony.  And Woody's daughter Nora Guthrie says the event will go on, although the focus is shifting a bit.  She says it will now serve as a celebration of Seeger's life and music.  She adds that Pete won't be remembered with a moment of silence, because if he knew they were going to "honor him by not singing, he would be furious." 

Nora says instead attendees will "take all the moments to sing -- as loudly and with as many harmonies" as they "can muster." 

The Guthrie Center, which is staging the event along with the Grammy Museum, is now looking for performers to take part in the show, and hopes to announce a lineup soon. 

The event, which has been dubbed "How Can I Keep From Singing!" will take place at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York on February 22nd.

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