Billy Joel to Be Honored With George Gershwin Prize for Popular Song


Billy Joel
The Piano Man will be the sixth recipient of the award, joining previous honorees that include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.


Billy Joel has been announced as the next recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who called the 65-year-old performer "a storyteller of the highest order," broke the news on Tuesday, July 22.

"There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music," Billington said in a statement. Joel will receive the prize in Washington, D.C. in November and will be honored at a series of events.

The singer will be just the sixth recipient of the award, which is named after songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin. He joins previous recipients including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

"The great composer George Gershwin has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career. And the Library's decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me," said Joel, who's named one of the most popular recording artists by RIAA.

He has so far won six Grammy Awards including the coveted Album of the Year for his 1978 set "52nd Street". He's also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS
Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

  random image 
TODAY'S HEADLINES
  1. Tiger Woods and Katharine McPhee Threaten to Sue Porn Site After Nude Photos Leak
  2. Kim Kardashian to Co-Host 'Live' With Ryan Seacrest
  3. George Clooney's Wife Amal Looks Skeletal Just Weeks After Welcoming Twins
  4. Kristen Stewart Fights Back After Her Nude Photos With GF Stella Maxwell Leaked
  5. Leah Remini Slams 'Diabolical' Tom Cruise, Says He's Not a Good Person
  6. Samuel L. Jackson Returns for 'Shaft' Sequel, Jessie T. Usher Lands Lead Role
  7. These Two Horror Directors in Contention for 'Justice League Dark'
  8. 'Super Troopers 2' Set for 2018, Official Synopsis Revealed
  9. Chris Pine and Former Fling Olivia Munn May Rekindle Their Romance
  10. Say What?! Prince William and Harry Have Cameos in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'