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Billy Joel Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Composer

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William Martin "Billy" Joel is a musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Stony Brook University. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man" in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the US. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. In 2014, he received The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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