Billy Joel Says His Kids Keep Playing This Song of His and It's Driving Him Nuts (Exclusive)

The six-time GRAMMY winner has three daughters, including an 8- and 6-year-old.

It was past three o'clock on a Sunday with a crowd shuffling into Arena for the 2024 GRAMMY Awards when Billy Joel joked that one of his most iconic songs is driving him nuts, and The Piano Man has his little ones to blame!

The six-time GRAMMY winner and his wife, Alexis Roderick, spoke to ET's Nischelle Turner on the red carpet and they shared what the fam listens to in the Joel household. No, Mr. Long Island himself does not listen to his own music at home, but that doesn't mean it's not playing on repeat, and probably on full blast.

"No, we do not," said Alexis when asked if Billy listens to his own music at home. "Our children do."

The "She's Always a Woman" singer has three daughters -- Alexa Ray Joel, 38, whom he shares with ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, and daughters Della Rose, 8, and Remy Anne, 6, whom he shares with Alexis. Della and Remy were also in tow on the red carpet.

"So, we have a lot of Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Olivia Rodrigo, but they're his biggest fans," Alexis continued. "So, yeah. They want to hear it all the time."

Biggest fans? Maybe not, if you ask Mr. Joel.


"Maybe they're doing it because they dig it, but I think they're doing it to annoy me," he quipped. "They keep playing 'Piano Man.' It drives me nuts."

No word if the kiddos own a harmonica.

In any event, the admission comes just days after the legendary singer dropped "Turn the Lights Back On," his first official song since 2007. The single features Billy's piano skills, voice, and signature lyrics examining life, love and regret. 


"I'm late, but I'm here right now / Though I used to be romantic, I forgot somehow / Time can make you blind / But I see you now as we're laying in the darkness / Did I wait too long to turn the lights back on?" he sings in the four-minute song. 

He shared with ET what took so long to give the fans what they've been clamoring for.

"Basically 'cause it all came together very recently," he explained. "I've resisted it for a long time and this time I just said, 'Ah, what the hell. Who am I to fight this?'"

The 2024 GRAMMY Awards is on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and being broadcast and streamed live on CBS and Paramount+ from Arena in Los Angeles. Follow along at for full coverage from music's biggest night, including performances, GRAMMY winners and more.


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