Credit: Shawn MillerA PBS special documenting the Washington, D.C., gala celebrating Billy Joel as the Library of Congress’ 2014 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honoree premieres tonight on PBS. The event, which was held November 19 at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, featured a number of artists performing classics from the Piano Man’s songbook.

Highlights of the show include John Mellencamp singing a stripped-down folk version of “Allentown,” Tony Bennett crooning “New York State of Mind,” Josh Groban belting out “She’s Always a Woman,” Gavin DeGraw performing “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me,” and Boyz II Men delivering a rendition of “The Longest Time.”

The evening’s lineup also features LeAnn Rimes, and Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines. In addition, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor salute Joel with pre-recorded messages.

After Billy accepts the Gershwin Prize, he and his band take the stage. Among the tunes he plays are “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Vienna,” and “You May Be Right.” To close out the show, he’s joined by actor Kevin Spacey and most of the night’s other performers for version of “Piano Man,” with Spacey on vocals and harmonica.

Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize premieres on many PBS stations Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings to see when the program is airing in your area.

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

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