Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel honored at Ascap awards

Musical legends Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel were awarded by Ascap for their career achievements.

American artists Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel were among the many musical stars honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) in New York on November 17, 2014. Both were felicitated with Ascap’s Centennial Award for the incomparable accomplishments in their careers, as part of the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Other artists who received awards included American country music singer and songwriter Garth Brooks, yesteryear folk singer and activist Joan Baez and musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim of Sweeny Todd  fame.

Although, Sondheim could not attend the ceremony due to illness, stage actress Bernadette Peters paid a tribute to the composer by singing Children Will Listen from Broadway’s Into the Woods.

The centennial celebrations also featured many performances by the award winners and other artists. While Joel sang his1976 hit New York State of Mind from his album Turnstiles, Sting sang Joel’s jazz influenced 1986 song Big Man on Mulberry Street. 

Country singer Emmylou Harris too sang a rendition of Baez’s Diamond and Rust, her 1975 song which refers to her relationship with Bob Dylan. Tricia Yearwood also performed her husband Brooks’ 1989 hit If Tomorrow Never Comes.


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