Billy Joel Gershwin Prize Ceremony to Air January 2 on PBS

Billy Joel receives the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
Billy Joel receives the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Photo credit: © Joe Shymanski

In November, Sag Harbor’s Billy Joel received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and now PBS is set to air the ceremony and musical performances on January 2.

The 90-minute special was taped November 19 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Joel himself performs, as well as Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Michael Feinstein, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes, with a special performance by Kevin Spacey. There will be dance ensemble performances from Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out and footage from Joel’s performances over the years.

“The entire award ceremony concert event celebrates Billy Joel and his incredible body of work,” PBS states. “We are thrilled to be able to bring it to the American public on January 2.”

Helping to president the prize are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, U.S. Representative Candice Miller, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Gregg Harper and Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington.

Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize will air Friday, January 2, 2015, at 9 p.m.

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