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Faces &names: Joel to receive Gershwin Prize from Library of Congress


The piano man. The entertainer. The stranger.

Billy Joel has called himself a lot of things over the course of his long career; now he can add “the winner” to the list.

The Library of Congress on Tuesday announced that Joel will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award meant to honor “living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” according to a statement from the library.

Joel, who recently performed three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, will receive the prize in Washington, D.C., in November.

Previous winners of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King and the duo of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David.