Watch the Billy Joel Gershwin Prize PBS Special Online

Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington presents Billy Joel with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, November 19, 2014. Photo by Shawn Miller.
Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington presents Billy Joel with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Photo credit: Shawn Miller

On Friday, PBS premiered its special on the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song being awarded to Sag Harbor’s Billy Joel, and now the whole special can be watched online for free.

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. Kevin Spacey hosts—and even sings “Piano Man.”

Dance ensembles from Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out perform, and the special includes footage from Joel’s performances over the years. Amagansett’s Paul McCartney could not attend, but he sent a video congratulating Joel, and the special includes a clip of Joel and McCartney performing together at the famous Last Play at Shea concert.

Watch the whole special at pbs.org.

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