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A New York Native, Billy Joel has topped the charts and became a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Among his greatest hits are "Piano Man,"We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Uptown Girl." See these greatest songs live in concert as Billy Joel tours the world. Find all the best Billy Joel tickets available now at Tickets For Less.

Billy Joel Biography

Born into a family of musicians, his father was a classical pianist, his mother encouraged him to learn piano at the age of four. William Martin, nicknamed Billy, Joel, took to playing piano and started to join bands. As he grew up, he knew he wanted to become an artist. The Beetles assured his dreams after watching the performance on T.V. and thus began a deep drive to succeed in the music industry. After the release of his 1971 album, "Cold Spring Harbor," Billy Joel found he wasn't satisfied with the production and decided to try elsewhere in order to make it to the top.

Living in L.A. Joel found a job as a pianist at a local lounge. This later inspired his legendary song, "Piano Man." By 1972, he was sought out by Columbia Records. Joel later began recording "Streetlife Serenade" in 1974. He created his own style of blues-jazz, pop and more and by the release of "The Stranger" in 1977, Billy Joel made the charts with four songs in the Top 25 of Billboard charts. After this breakthrough year, he won Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and People's Choice Award at the 1981 Grammys. To follow, in 1989, Billy won the Grammy Legend Award because of his success with "We Didn't Start the Fire" among his many other successful singles and albums. 

In 1999, Billy Joel reached Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His idol, Ray Charles, inducted Billy into the list of legends and icons. 


Billy Joel Awards and Nominations

Kennedy Center Honors 2013

Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1979 · Just the Way You Are

Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1979 · Just the Way You Are

Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance 1981 · Glass Houses

Grammy Hall of Fame 2013, 2008, 2004 · Piano Man, The Stranger, Just the Way You Are

Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance 1980 · 52nd Street

Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1980 · 52nd Street

Tony Award for Best Orchestrations 2003 · Movin' Out

Billboard Music Century Award 1994

American Music Award of Merit 1999

People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist 1979

American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album 1981 · Glass Houses

Grammy Legend Award 1992

Billy Joel Tour Dates and Schedule

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