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Billy Joel handed pop prize honour

Published 22/07/2014 | 12:09

Billy Joel is being honoured by the Library of Congress
Billy Joel is being honoured by the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is honouring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Librarian James Billington said that the singer-songwriter, whose hits include Piano Man and Uptown Girl, will receive the prize in Washington in November.

The Gershwin Prize honours a living artist's lifetime achievement in music. Previous 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 piano-driven compositions spring from personal experiences, and that he strives to write songs that capture and transcend those moments.

With a career spanning 50 years in the entertainment industry, Joel is the sixth top-selling artist of all time.

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