Kris Connor/Getty ImagesBilly Joel was honored Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

A number of artists were on hand at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall to perform classics from the Billy Joel songbook. Tony Bennett crooned “New York State of Mind,” Josh Groban sang out “She’s Always a Woman,” Gavin DeGraw performed “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me,” and Boyz II Men delivered a rendition of “The Longest Time.”

The lineup also included John Mellencamp, LeAnn Rimes, and Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines.

Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor saluted Billy with pre-recorded messages.

When it was time for Billy to accept his award, he joked that he was feeling a little bit “verklempt.”

After his speech, he entertained the audience with hits including “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song).” He was eventually joined by actor Kevin Spacey and the night’s other performers for “Piano Man,” with Spacey on vocals and harmonica.

The event will premiere on PBS stations on January 2.

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is a lifetime achievement honor named after songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Past recipients include McCartney, Carole King and Stevie Wonder.

Earlier this week, Billy was one of the recipients of the ASCAP Centennial Award at a New York City event staged by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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