PHOTOS: Kennedy Center Honors 2013: Herbie Hancock
The singer/songwriter, who has sold more records than Madonna, Michael Jackson and just about everyone else, receives the Kennedy Center award.
Billy Joel at his motorcycle shop, 20th Century Cycles, Oyster Bay, N.Y. In a good mood, he didn’t mind when a light stand (from a different photo shoot!) fell on one of his classic bikes. Joel has sold more than 150 million records, more than any other solo act save Garth Brooks and Elvis Presley, he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is now a Kennedy Center honoree. Jesse Dittmar/For The Washington Post
To understand what Billy Joel has meant to his fans, The Post's Neely Tucker suggests watching the Kennedy Center Honors recipient's performance of "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" at Shea Stadium in 2008.