Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
“The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” honors Billy Joel, one of America’s most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. The program will premiere Friday, January 2, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. Taped at Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on November 19, 2014, the special features tributes from a star-studded line-up of performers and presenters. Performers include Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes, with a special performance by Kevin Spacey-as well as a dance ensemble from Twyla Tharp's "Movin Out."
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. The prize will be given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.
Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.