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Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Posted By Katie Levingston On July 24, 2014 @ 4:25 pm In Entertainment | No Comments
In the mood for a melody? The Library of Congress will honor the original “Piano Man” with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington.
“Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them,” Billington said .
Joel will receive the Library of Congress prize, which honors lifetime achievement in popular music, in November.
“The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career,” Joel said. “And the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me.”
The multiple Grammy winner is making the rounds through Washington awards ceremonies-he was a Kennedy Center honoree last year.
Known for hits such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “New York State of Mind,” Joel has remained a fixture in the music world since the 1970s.
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