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Having sold more than 100 million records over the course of a career spanning more than 40 years, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world.
Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. He received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold more than 10 million copies, for his "Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II."
Taking its name from a key track on The Stranger, "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and took home two including Best Orchestrations--Billy's first Tony Award win--and Best Choreography.
Billy Joel received Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1978 for his song "Just the Way You Are"; Album of the Year in 1979 for "52nd Street"; and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1979 for "52nd Street" and in 1980 for "Glass Houses" In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, he was also presented with the Johnny Mercer Award in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His other awards include the ASCAP Founders Award, the BMI Career Achievement Award, the American Music Awards Award of Merit, and the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.
Billy Joel has donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes, and he has recently launched an ongoing educational initiative to provide seed money, musical scholarships, and endowments to a variety of East Coast colleges, universities, and music schools. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, he was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person of the Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences; he has also received a humanitarian award from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
The net proceeds of Billy Joel's latest composition, "Christmas in Fallujah," inspired by soldiers' letters from Iraq, are being donated to Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for disabled service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Billy Joel returned to Hicksville High School to give a speech at the school’s commencement. Take a look:
Watch some of Billy's greatest past concerts this summer on MSG Networks! Click below for the tentative schedule:
Billy Joel will return to his hometown Saturday to help celebrate Hicksville High School’s graduation ceremony, 50 years after his own scheduled commencement.
"Enter a new fan-made visual with clips for the hit’s more than 100 references. All the way from “Harry Truman” to the “rock and roller cola wars,” the new video called the “Historically Accurate Almanac” version has it all." -Billboard
"An impeccable and nearly 2 1/2-hour performance by a man who epitomizes what it means to be a consummate pro." - Green Bay Press-Gazette. View the full concert recap below:
Billy was interviewed for “The Last Word” in the current issue of Rolling Stone. Read the interview:
billyjoel.com "Don't be afraid of mistakes, because the only original thing we ever do is make mistakes. You can be taught to do something perfectly right, but only you can screw it up in your own inimitable way."
billyjoel.com "Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man" written by Joshua Duchan. New release June 16th.