Billy Joel to Receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
-- Not bad for a kid from Long Island. Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning. The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.