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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.

Billy Joel

"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."

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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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