“We have a cultural imperative to capture what they have given the world,” said Suzane Hogan when she presented Billy Joel the Gershwin Prize for 2014. Even political enemies came together to give that great honor to a great man, Billy Joel who is the real deal.
“…appearances by Josh Groban, performing “She’s Always a Woman”; Natalie Maines with “She’s Got a Way”; an acoustic version of “Allentown” by John Mellencamp; and Tony Bennett crooning “New York State of Mind.”
Sandwiched in between the vocal performances was a duet danced to Joel’s “Shameless,” created by choreographer Twyla Tharp, whose work also opened the evening with a medley adapted from the 2002 Broadway show Movin’ Out. Tharp—who has created works for her own company as well as for other major dance companies, television and film—collaborated with Joel on Movin’ Out, which garnered them both Tony Awards.
Tharp said Joel’s work is an integral part of American culture and “musical tradition of our time.” She called Joel a storyteller who has a talent for melody, rhythm and orchestration.”
Political enemies Nancy Polosi and Rand Paul took off the gloves and helped honor an American legend. Is there anything like this anywhere in the Middle East or is it unique to Western Civilizations?