The Kennedy Center Honors were in a New York State of Mind last night.
Bronx-born Billy Joel was among the five recipients of the nation's top cultural award.
At a ceremony in Washington, President Barack Obama personally saluted the Piano Man, along with fellow musicians Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine and opera star Martina Arroyo.
"The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven't just proven themselves to be the best of the best," Obama said. "Despite all their success, all their fame, they've remained true to themselves and inspired the rest of us to do the same."
The award ceremony will be broadcast on December 29.