Billy Joel Awarded Gershwin Prize By Library Of Congress
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.22.2014
An illustrious prize...
The Library of Congress has announced in a press release that it has awarded Billy Joel with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Joel joins names like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, who have all been given the prize before. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said that Joel was "a storyteller of the highest order." Joel will get the award in November in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony that will include a luncheon and musical performances.
The website for the LoC claims that the Gershwin Prize "honors a living musical artist's lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations."
Joel himself said: "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."
He is a six-time Grammy winner and is part of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. After shows in Washington, DC and Philadelphia in the near future, he will perform five dates (one per month) at Madison Square Garden in New York from August to December.