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Grammy weekend kicks off with Neil Diamond tribute

February 7, 2009

neil3Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Jennifer Hudson were among the pop stars paying tribute to Neil Diamond Friday night in Los Angeles to kick off Grammy weekend charity event, MusicCares Person of the Year.

The celebrity-studded gathering of 2,200 people at the L.A. Convention Center honored Diamond, 68, for his philanthropy, including large donations to relief efforts for Texas areas ravaged by Hurricane Ike.

Diamond thanked his children and grandchildren who forgave him for often leaving home to tour and work on “my little musical creations.” The singer-songwriter also thanked his mother for setting him on his musical path, getting him a guitar as a kid in Brooklyn

“When the Brooklyn Dodgers left Brooklyn, I was so depressed, my parents bought a guitar and paid it off $1 a week, for 10 weeks. It was a good investment, Mom. You made a life for me,” he said.

Hudson’s moving rendition of “Holly Holy” and Coldplay’s smooth version of Diamond’s “I’m A Believer,” made famous by the Monkees were among the highlighted performances showcasing Diamond’s 50-year body of work. The Jonas Brothers kicked off the show with “Forever in Blue Jeans.”

Diamond, himself, slow-danced with Faith Hill neil11during their duet on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and then roused the crowd with “America” and his finale of “Sweet Caroline.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel called Diamond “one of the few Jews who looks good in sequins” riffing on Diamond’s penchant for sparkly clothes during the 1970s.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said he told Diamond, “welcome to your bar mitzvah” upon greeting him on Friday night and then wound up buying the singer/songwriter’s donated 1956 Thunderbird convertible at a live auction with a bid of $75,000. Portnow and Diamond said they planned to take a ride together.


Does anyone know if this event was or will be televised?


will this be on TV?
Neil Diamond is a true artist

Posted by Elizabeth | Report as abusive

I would love to know if this special tribute to Neil Diamond will be televised….Even “Pay for View” would be great….He’s my all time favorite entertainer….

Posted by Dee | Report as abusive

Is there any possible way this will be televised or will a DVD be available of this well deserved event for purchase?

Posted by Muriel Freedman | Report as abusive

i really hope this is televised. i love neil diamond, and to hear all of these artists cover his music would be great!

Posted by co | Report as abusive

Please televise this event. Neil is the greatest songwriter of the era and he deserves to have his tribute seen by the millions who love him.

Posted by karen dixon | Report as abusive

Please please put this tribute on TV. Sometimes the PPS stations will put something like this on. Please inform the puplic if this does go on. Thanks a big FAN

Posted by Kathy Labian | Report as abusive

The person of the year — what an honour and yet — we do not get to see him on TV? There are so many sad/bad and hurtful things happening in the world. Wouldn’t it be good to see something honourable and uplifting?
I would like to see him on TV.

Posted by Kim | Report as abusive

Yes, I would like to see this tribute. Why are we showing all this fashion nonsense and gossip instead. I would gladly pay for a DVD, if it becomes available. Neil, is the greatest singer and person. He deserves more than a mention on the tube.

Posted by Hilde Sartin | Report as abusive

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