The Associated Press has reported that the Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Joel is the sixth top-selling artist of all time with a career spanning 50 years.
The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music. There’s quite a line-up recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, and Carole King.
Joel is among the world’s most popular recording artists. He has said his compositions spring from personal life experiences and strives to write songs that capture and transcend those moments.
Librarian James Billington said that that Billy Joel will receive the prize in Washington in November.