Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, announced on Tuesday that musician Billy Joel will  join past recipients including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney. “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 …

Jay Leno Wins Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will honor comedian Jay Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation’s top award for humor, according to the Associated Press. Leno, 64, has a rich, long-standing career entertaining American audiences. He took over as host for NBC’s The Tonight Show after Johnny Carson stepped down in 1992. Since relinquishing his chair to Jimmy Fallon last February, Leno has created Jay Leno’s Garage, an online series dedicated to his love of …

Renee Fleming Celebrates American Voices

National Medal of Arts recipient Renée Fleming, 54, has become an ever-more-widely recognized ambassador for opera and the art of singing in recent years. The four-time Grammy winner, frequently called the “people’s diva,” enjoys mixing things up and venturing into new territory, such as her recent vocal rendering of David Letterman’s Top 10 List. Now Fleming is taking the ambassador role a huge step further with American Voices – a festival of performances, master sessions and symposia November 22-24 at …