2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards

Billy Joel And Elton John End Feud at Songwriters Hall of Fame Celebration

Billy Joel and Sir Elton John ended their feud at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City on Thursday night after Joel told the ‘Rocket Man’ to call him just after he introduced inductees Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner.

The former pals and touring partners fell out in 2011 when the Brit publicly accused Joel of not taking rehab seriously as he attempted to battle alcoholism in a blunt magazine interview, during which he also suggested the New Yorker was lazy.

The I’m Still Standing rocker told Rolling Stone, “He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love.”

He added, “At the end of the day, he’s coasting. I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me.”

Joel was clearly saddened by Elton’s comments and publicly reprimanded him, but revisiting the feud in a New York Times Magazine article, which was published last month (May13), it appeared the My Life hitmaker had mellowed, stating, “He (Elton) tends to shoot off his mouth – he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place. Maybe he’s trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He’s kind of like a mom.”

Joel also recently stated he would be interested in performing with his fellow rock pianist again.

Elton, who was honored with the Johnny Mercer Award at the music gala, offered to officially end the pair’s stand-off at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event when he took the stage and said, “I didn’t see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you.”

And his gamble paid off – Joel later took to the microphone and asked, “Is Elton still here by the way?” before adding, “Anyway, we’re OK. Call me. It’s the same phone number.”

As well as Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther were saluted at Marriott Marquis Hotel gala, while Motown founder Berry Gordy was handed the Pioneer Award.

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Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, Sting, More Honored at 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner’s hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy.

The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Nickelback, Petula Clark, Wiz Khalifa, Jordin Sparks and a video message from Bill Clinton.

Tyler, Perry, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch were inducted Thursday into the Songwriters Hall 2013 class in New York City.

John and writing partner Bernie Taupin received the Johnny Mercer award, and Sting kicked off the night with a performance of “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” Sting also called John and Taupin “my two heroes.”

John, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 1992, said songwriting is often taken for granted.

“I don’t mean this lightly, but when you get an Ivor Novello award or an American songwriter’s award, it means so much more than a Grammy because this is where the whole process starts,” he said.

John also used the stage to try to clear his differences with Joel.

“I didn’t see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you,” he said.

Joel responded later when he was onstage with light jokes.

“Is Elton still here by the way?” he asked. “Anyway, we’re OK. Call me. It’s the same phone number.”

Source: Billboard

Songwriters Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees – Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm and more!

Musical titans Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther andSteven Tyler & Joe Perry will become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. These legendary songwriters wrote such mega-hits as “Downtown,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Best Of My Love” and “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” The star-studded induction event is slated forThursday, June 13th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.

“Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack,” said SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb. “We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala.”