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Billy Joel is a Kennedy Center honoree
The Piano Man is about to get his due: Billy Joel will become a Kennedy Center honoree. He joins this year's other honorees, Martina Arroyo, Shirley MacLaine, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana. The ceremony will be telecast on CBS Dec. 29.
Yes, this is prestigious and yes, this gilds an already long career for recipients. As the CBS program notes explain, "The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts – whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television – and are selected by the Center’s Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; the selection process, over the years, has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.
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