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Billy Joel (Kevin Mazur)

Billy Joel

(Pianist, singer, and songwriter; born May 9, 1949 in New York, New York)"In the Seventies and Eighties, Billy Joel was rivaled only by Elton John as a piano-pounding hit machine," declared Rolling Stone in its biography of the Piano Man. "Joel has tried his hand at rock & roll, new wave, hard-edged dance fare, 1960s nostalgia, and political statements. The through line in his music is a melodicism derived from Tin Pan Alley and the Beatles. He's a bard of everyday suburban dream and disappointment, and his forte is the romantic ballad." A six-time Grammy Award winner and 23-time nominee, Billy Joel is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

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Kennedy Center Honors Highlights 2013

The 36th annual celebration of the arts honors opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; actress Shirley MacLaine; and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana.