Billy Joel and Garth Brooks perform at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has honored the likes of Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint at its annual gala in New York City. Billy Joel inducted Brooks, and later performed a duet of Brooks' 1991 hit, “Shameless,” which was written by Joel. Brooks was ecstatic.
“You talk about songwriters, there's one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” Brooks said of Joel. And he's taken a day out of his life to do this, I feel very lucky.”
Joel loves the idea of other artists recording his material, but claims he never intended to be a rock star. “I don't even like my own voice, I don't. I don't think I'm a good singer. I think I'm a good songwriter,” Joel said.
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Billy Joel and daughter Alexa Ray Joel arrive at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York.