2013 Kennedy Center Honors

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Recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, Billy Joel, second from left, stands and acknowledges the applause by fellow honorees Shirley MacLaine, left, Herbie Hancock, second from right, and Martina Arroyo, during a reception honoring the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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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 joined Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children — and never stopped. (AP)

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