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The Kennedy Center Honors aired Sunday night, and while we’re still waiting for someone to put Snoop Dogg’s portion of the tribute to honoree Herbie Hancock on YouTube — he had the black-tie crowd standing and chanting! — some highlights have surfaced. Watch a few below from the tributes to Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana.
- Mandi Bierly
"Don't ask me why."
One of Billy Joel's own lyrics might answer anyone baffled that he hasn't been recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors until now. As the 40th-anniversary year of his seminal album "Piano Man" draws to a close, the singer-songwriter of numerous hits of wide-ranging styles is among those saluted for his contributions to the performing arts as CBS airs the 36th annual special Sunday, Dec. 29.
"I was surprised," six-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joel recalls to Zap2it. "I honestly, really thought there were a lot of people who were deserving before I was going to get this ... jazz musicians, classical musicians, just other people. I've had so much fun, it's like I'm getting an award for doing something I love. Which is an award in itself."
Taped Dec. 8 in Washington, D.C., the Glenn Close-hosted event sees four »
“The Kennedy Center Honors” is always a joyous and classy affair, and this year’s telecast gets a modest upgrade — airing on a Sunday night, albeit still in the arid window between Christmas and New Year’s. Yet the 36th edition of this annual celebration of the arts features some truly out-of-the-box choices, with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly among the presenters. As usual, there are genuinely heartwarming moments — such as opera singer Martina Arroyo singing along to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” — but this might be the least memorable edition of the Honors in the last several years.
That may be in part because of the relatively narrow — if invariably eclectic — field of honorees, with four of the five coming from different disciplines of music, leaving Shirley MacLaine as the lone representative from the cinematic arts. In addition, Glenn Close subs in as »
- Brian Lowry
Don't have a date for New Year's Eve? Well, in addition to Miley Cyrus and Macklemore, Billy Joel is there for you. The Piano Man was just announced as the first performer to ring in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." Joel will sing live from Brooklyn’s Barclay Center about five minutes after the ball drops on Jan. 1, 2014. Cyrus is set to play at 11:40 pm. The five-and-a-half-hour ABC show kicks off at 8 pm on Dec. 31 with the two-hour special "New Year’s Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in »
- Whitney Phaneuf
He and his music partner Ryan Lewis just picked up an impressive seven Grammy nominations including Best New Artist, Song of the Year for Same Love and Album of the Year for The Heist. Here are five things you probably don't know about Macklemore, whose birth name is Benjamin Haggerty.
1. Earned a Bachelors Degree from The Evergreen State College in 2005, the same year he released his first independent album, The Language of My World.
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2. Funded the music video for his single Wing$ through Kickstarter, raising more than $18,000.
3. Began writing lyrics and rapping at a young age and says he was influenced by West Coast hip-hop including Digital Underground, Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone, Living Legends, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Talib Kwali.
Video: Macklemore on His Seven Grammy Noms
4. Got engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Tricia Davis, about a year ago. She's a former nurse who now serves as the »
Washington — The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," ''Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts. Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children — and they have never stopped. Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys. "This is different. It's
- The Associated Press
The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” is being awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children – and have never stopped.
Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys.
“This is different. It’s our nation’s capital, »
- Associated Press
Glee, Season 5, Episode 6, “Movin’ Out”
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Brad Falchuk
Airs Thursday 9pm Et on Fox
Glee’s “Movin’ Out”, an homage to Billy Joel, is a surprisingly natural tribute which fits seamlessly into the lives of the characters. Unlike some past artists’ tributes such as the drug/hallucination-driven Britney Spears episode, which have had to be forced into the plot, the songs chosen this week are shocking appropriate to the storyline.
Despite how well the life and times of Billy Joel are woven into life in and out of McKinley, there are some underlying issues that must be addressed. The predictable yet unsavory Ryder/Marley/Jake love triangle has come to its unavoidable second fruition. Somehow, every moment between Jake and Marley seems like an extremely long setup for real life lovers Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist to get some in-character couple time. Ryder’s version »
- Rachel Brandt
Previously on Glee, all the awesome people in Lima, Oh started migrating away from Lima, Oh — only to be replaced by bots containing echos of their personalities. Mr. Schue went on the most inexplicable crusades for the grossest shit (the right to twerk with his students, just for an example), and not even Principal Sue Sylvester’s death glare could make him shut it down. Fed up with Marley’s disinterest in his boners, Jake got his hanky-panky on with Bree on her letter jacket under the bleachers, and so Marley climbed up on top of a literal wrecking ball and smashed some bricks through some windows and broke up with him. Also, Kurt and Blaine got engaged and never saw one another again for the rest of their lives.
Principal Sue hosts a McKinley High School career fair and excludes singing and dancing from everyone’s future, »
- Heather Hogan
Here we go: Glee has officially set the wheels in motion for relocating the entire show to New York City.
While it's only been a few weeks since reports of the sea change surfaced, several main characters revealed their intent to move to the Big Apple upon graduating from McKinley High. Blaine hopes to get into Nyada (the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts), Sam sees it as the best place to fulfill his dream of becoming a model, and Artie – well, for now, he just has a generic "college" excuse. »
“Oh no, no, no — don’t you dare. Over my dead body will you inexplicably shoehorn in another Billy Joel song just to punctuate one of your weekly lessons that inevitably veers off into an acrid barrage of angst and affirmation.”
Thus spoke Glee‘s Sue Sylvester, attempting to put a halt to the lively musical vibe that percolated throughout “Movin’ Out,” a tribute to pop music’s Piano Man that brought with it the return of the Jake-Marley-Ryder triangle, a possible series endgame for Becky and the introduction of unexpected, possibly unwelcome sexual chemistry between Rachel and Sam. (I know, »
- Michael Slezak
Tyra, love triangles, and Billy Joel? Yes, that’s what we got on the Nov. 21st episode of ‘Glee’ when Blaine and Sam headed to the Big Apple to figure out their true dreams, and how to make them come true.
Sam (Chord Overstreet) realized what he really wanted out of life and that was to take his amazing voice and super hot stripper body in front of a camera as a male model. Lucky for him, he had the support of Rachel (Lea Michele) to get there.
Rachel In NYC — Is She Moving On?
Blaine (Darren Criss) performed at his fiancé’s work, and naturally took on “Piano Man” (while Sam suddenly could play the harmonica) — but he was still extremely worried about his big Nyada audition! However, Kurt (Chris Colfer) naturally stood by him, constantly reassuring him how amazing he was — c’mon Blaine, no one rocks a bow tie like you. »
- Emily Longeretta
Glee fans everywhere have been wondering when exactly graduation will happen this season. In a new interview, Chord Overstreet is giving scoop on exactly that -- will it be at the end of the season or sooner than that? Also in today's Roundup, with a Billy Joel tribute episode airing this week, the "Piano Man" singer himself is talking about what it's like for Glee to be covering his music. And Dianna Agron is responding to rumors over why she wasn't included in the Cory Monteith/Finn tribute. »
Billy Joel is sufficiently gleeful that a certain show is about to make plentiful use of his music.
Set to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the iconic singer-songwriter-"Piano Man" is pleased Thursday's (Nov. 21) episode of Fox's "Glee" features many of his tunes, to the extent that the story -- about the seniors making post-graduation plans -- is titled "Movin' Out." Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss perform that song.
"I heard about this," Joel tells Zap2it. "Honestly, I've never seen the show. I'm one of those guys who watches the History Channel, and I watch news and I watch documentaries ... but I'm very happy that my material is being done by people of that age group, and that I guess it has meaning for them.
"I'm always surprised when I look out at the audience [at concerts] and I see a lot of younger people, like they've discovered this stuff on their own. »
‘Glee’ is conquering yet another amazing artist on Nov. 21, for Billy Joel week! Kurt and Sam take on NYC to look at colleges, while a heartbroken Marley struggles to move on from Jake — all while singing the greatest hits from the Piano Man himself. Listen to all the songs here!
Below, hear the hits from the new episode before they hit your television! Glee continues to take risks with seven — yes Seven songs on the upcoming episode, Movin’ Out. We’re shocked by some of the pair ups but are so excited to hear Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santata (Naya Rivera) singing together again — they always make hits!
“Piano Man,” sung by Blaine
“My Life,” sung by Jake (Jacob Artist)
“Honesty,” sung by Artie (Kevin McHale). It makes us a little scared that something »
- Emily Longeretta
Fox's Glee will turn its lens on Billy Joel as the series takes on its latest tribute episode. During the hour -- fittingly titled "Movin' Out" -- New Directions will honor the Piano Man when the seniors begin to make plans for their futures as graduation inches closer. Photos: 'Glee' Season Five in Pictures The episode will feature seven songs from Joel's catalog, including 1977's "Movin' Out," which focuses on the singer's disdain for bourgeois aspirations working yourself to death in order to "make it." On Glee, Darren Criss' Blaine and Chord Overstreet's Sam will perform the cover. Other tracks set for the Glee hour include "Piano Man" (Criss), "My Life"
- Lesley Goldberg
New Glee season 5,episode 6 spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night,ABC released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Glee" episode 6 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Movin' Out," and it appears to be quite lively and fun as the gang dances the hall ways,singing Billy Joel songs, Tyra Banks makes a guest appearance, and more. In the new "Movin' Out" episode, The uptown girls and boys are going to be in a New York state of mind. The New Directions crew are going to pay homage to the Piano Man: Billy Joel. As graduation gets closer, the seniors are going to make plans for their futures beyond the halls of McKinley. Guest stars are going to include: Erinn Westbrook as Bree,Trisha Rae Stahl as Millie Rose, and Christopher Curry as Gunther. Episode 6 is due to air on Thursday night,November »
New Glee season 5,episode 6 official spoilers,plotline revealed by Fox. Recently, Fox delivered the new,official, synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Glee" episode 6 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Movin' Out," and it sounds pretty lively as New Directions perform Billy Joel songs, and more. In the new,6th episode press release: The uptown girls and boys are going to be in a New York state of mind. Press Release number 2: The New Directions are going to pay homage to the Piano Man: Billy Joel. As graduation looms closer, the seniors will make plans for their futures beyond the halls of McKinley. Guest stars will feature: Erinn Westbrook as Bree,Trisha Rae Stahl as Millie Rose, and Christopher Curry as Gunther. Episode 6 is due to air on Thursday night,November 21st at 8pm central time on Fox. »
Is there a heat wave bearing down on Lima, Oh?
We ask only because the latest set of photos from Glee‘s Nov. 21 installment (9/8c on Fox) feature Chord Overstreet’s Sam following the sage advice of the poet Nelly: “It’s gettin’ hot in here, so take off all your clothes.”
The episode, entitled “Movin’ Out,” will be built around the music of Billy Joel, and will find Sam visiting a modeling agency and getting a little help from Lea Michele’s Rachel. Plus: Artie and Becky’s friendship is revisited.
Excited about the Piano Man’s music on Fox’s high-school musical? »
- Michael Slezak
This story first appeared on Billboard.com. Billy Joel is going big for his Barclays Center debut. Organizers announced today that the singer-songwriter will perform at Brooklyn's rust-coated arena on New Year's Eve, marking his first solo concert in NYC since playing the final show at Shea Stadium in 2008. Tickets range from $64.50 to $199.50 and go on sale Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. There's an eight-ticket limit per household. The "Piano Man" crooner was not on hand for the announcement outside Barclays, which since opening in September 2012 has hosted major artists
- Billboard Staff
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