Billy Joel receives Gershwin Prize for popular song

November 20, 2014 5:29 AM

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WASHINGTON — Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday.

The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," ''Allentown," ''Piano Man" and numerous other hits with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The lifetime achievement award created by Congress is named for the songwriting duo of George and Ira Gershwin.

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