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Photos: Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Hudson more at pre-Grammy Neil Diamond tribute

February 7, 2009 | 12:33 pm
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The Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay, Faith Hill, Kid Rock and more came out to honor Neil Diamond in Los Angeles on Friday night, performing at the annual pre-Grammy gala to benefit the Recording Academy's charitable arm MusiCares. The Grammy parties will continue tonight, when Whitney Houston will top a lineup of stars at the yearly Clive Davis party at the Beverly Hilton.

Ann Powers reviews the show here. Above, the Jonas Brothers are seen performing Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans." While the boys looked dapper in their suits, Powers noted they were a bit "out of their league" at the star-studded affair. More pictures below.

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Above, Diamond gives a kiss-on-the-hand-salute to Faith Hill after the two sang "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," one of the set's highlights, writes Powers.

Below, Coldplay performs "I'm A Believer." Powers writes, "Maybe you have to have sung Diamond's infectious songs as a kid -- virtually a given for any white American or Brit over age 30 -- to properly capture their golden blend of viscosity and grit. Chris Martin is only 31, but he led his band, Coldplay, through a beguilingly ragged, skiffle-inspired acoustic version of 'I'm a Believer.'"

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Jennifer Hudson, pictured below, sang "Holly Holy." Powers noted that Hudson "looked slim and somber in a gold lame jacket and black pants," and "earned whoops from the mostly sedate crowd as she turned Diamond's churchiest song, 'Holly Holy,' into a real soul declaration."

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More photos from the event are here. All photos by The Times' Gina Ferazzi.

--Todd Martens

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