The Piano Man will sing us a song at the Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy said today that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel will perform during Music’s Biggest Night on February 4 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. He joins previously announced Grammy performers Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Burna Boy, Luke Combs and Travis Scott.
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The news comes days after Joel announced that his first new single since 2007, “Turn the Lights Back On,” will be released February 1. The song will be available digitally and in a limited edition 7″ vinyl release, expected to ship January 31. A lyric video will be posted on Joel’s YouTube channel when the track is released.
It’s not clear whether he’ll perform “Turn the Lights Back On” at the Grammys.
While Joel hasn’t released much new music since his most recent rock album, 1993’s River of Dreams, he has continued to perform live. He has played New York’s Madison Square Garden once a month since January 2014 and will end the 10-year residency with the 150th performance set for July. He continues to tour in the U.S. and abroad.
His double-disc Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II is the seventh-best-selling album in U.S. history, at 23 million units and counting. Joel also is No. 7 overall among acts who have sold the most combined albums and singles, with 86 million, per the RIAA. He has amassed 13 platinum albums since breaking out with 1973’s Piano Man, four of which — 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Storm Front and River of Dreams — topped the Billboard 200 chart. His best-selling studio album is 1977’s The Stranger, which has shifted 11 million units in the U.S.
He’s also had more than a dozen Top 10 singles and three No. 1s: “It’ Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Tell Her About It” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
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