Library honoring Billy Joel with pop music prize

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billy Joel is feeling the love again in the nation’s capital as he receives a national pop music prize one year after being awarded the Kennedy Center Honors.

The Library of Congress is honoring the singer and songwriter behind “New York State of Mind,” ”Uptown Girl” and numerous other hits with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music. The lifetime achievement award is named for the songwriting duo of George and Ira Gershwin.

The 65-year-old Joel will perform Wednesday in a concert near the White House along with Tony Bennett, Gavin DeGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Maines, Kevin Spacey and others.

Joel says he’s looking at the prize through the eyes of his mother who died this year. Joel says she would have gotten a kick out of the Gershwin Prize.