BILLY JOEL: Second Honor in Three Nights
Piano Man receives the Gershwin Prize Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.
Billy Joel was honored for the second time this week when he was presented with the Gershwin Award by the Library of Congress on Wednesday night at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The award is presented to composers and performers for their lifetime contribution to popular music.
On Monday he was presented with the Centennial Award from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
With actor and singer Kevin Spacey as the emcee, the list of those paying tribute to the Piano Man in D.C. included:
- Boyz II Men – a cappella version of “The Longest Time”
- LeAnn Rimes – “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)”
- Gavin DeGraw – “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”
- Natalie Maines – “She’s Got a Way”
- John Mellencamp – “Allentown”
- Tony Bennett – “New York State of Mind”
- Billy Joel – “Movin’ Out,” “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway),” “You May Be Right” and “Piano Man” with Spacey on harmonica and the other performers singing along.
And Joel had the final word, telling the audience, “It’s been a hell of a year. A bounty of blessings. I want to ensure everyone I don’t have a terminal illness. And don’t intend to have one for a long time.”
The show will start airing on PBS on January 2nd.