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Billy Joel

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.
—Billy Joel

2014 Gershwin Billy Joel Videos

Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. His piano-fueled narratives take listeners into the relatable and deeply personal moments of life, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “The Entertainer,” “Piano Man,” “Big Shot,” “New York State of Mind,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Allentown,” “Uptown Girl” and “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” are among the many classics in his rich and deep catalog of songs that have been personal touchstones for millions of people. Joel's multiple GRAMMY wins include Song of the Year (“Just the Way You Are”), Record of the Year (“Just the Way You Are”), Album of the Year (“52nd Street”), and back-to-back wins for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male for two of his 13 multi-platinum albums, “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses”, plus the prestigious Grammy Legend Award.

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