Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Billy Joel at Busch Stadium

About Billy Joel

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world, performing his unrivaled catalog of songs that have made up the soundtrack of many lives. During his five-decade career, Joel has scored 33 consecutive Top 40 hits and has been the recipient of six Grammy® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy® Legend Award. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, the singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

In 2016, the Library of Congress selected "Piano Man" for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, and artistic significance." In 2014, Joel received The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which honors living musical artists' lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. He also received the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond. In 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards, and became Madison Square Garden's first-ever music franchise. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden, selling out 40 shows through April 2017.

Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, took home two Tony Awards, including Best Orchestrations - Joel's first Tony Award win - and Best Choreography. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden's most extraordinary benefit concerts - "12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief," which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and "The Concert for New York City," which was hosted to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his extraordinary career.  

1991 - Grammy Legend Award
1980 - Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male ("Glass Houses")
1979 - Album Of The Year ("52nd Street")
1979 - Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male ("52nd Street")
1978 - Record Of The Year ("Just The Way You Are" - single)
1978 - Song Of The Year ("Just The Way You Are" - single)