Legendary songwriter and composer Billy Joel will receive a prestigious citation from Library Congress. This is widely known as the Gershwin Prize for a Popular Song. The surprising achievement for Joel was divulged by the National Library of US last Tuesday. At his age of 65, he will be the sixth recipient ever since it all started in honoring deserving musicians across the globe.

Famous singer and songwriter will be bestowed with a US Gershwin Award.

Famous singer and songwriter will be bestowed with a US Gershwin Award.

Historically, the US Gershwin Prize was named after the musical inspirations of popular songwriters like George and Ira Gershwin. According to its distinguished members, Joel is to be regarded as a storyteller of the highest order. In essence, Billy Joel’s famous music preciously say,

There is an intimacy to his song writing that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music.

For those of you out there who really do not have an idea about who Billy Joel is, here’s a brief but interesting profile of his. He has been in the music industry for the last 50 years. During those years, he had 33 hit songs in the Top 40 chart. Likewise, he had several Grammy Awards in 1978 which included the phenomenal song, Just the Way You Are. Similarly, he has also received a Grammy Legend Award in 1990. Apart from these remarkable accolades under his belt, he was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award way back in 1999.

In lieu of this, Joel has this to say in all gratefulness.

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 is scheduled to receive the said award in November. This will be held at Washington DC. Thus, he will also be honored in a series of events during the said awarding ceremony.

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