Coldplay, Adele, Hudson to honor Neil Diamond
Coldplay, Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Josh Groban will perform at the 2009 MusiCares person of the year gala on Feb. 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As previously reported, MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, will honor Neil Diamond at this year's event.
Other performers include the Foo Fighters, who tend to appear at all Grammy-related activities, and country singers Tim McGraw and Raul Malo. Performing artists will tackle a selection from the Diamond catalog. The annual fundraiser, which is set for two nights before the Recording Academy hosts the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards, will be celebrating Diamond's philanthropic work, which of late has involved donating funds to Hurricane Ike relief efforts in Texas.
Diamond has been nominated for 12 Grammys and won in 1973 for best original score for a motion picture or a television special for his work on "Jonathan Livingston Seagull." Diamond scored his first No. 1 album on the U.S. pop charts this year for his "Home Before Dark."
This year, MusiCares recognized soul legend Aretha Franklin and hosted an extensive gospel tribute on its February Grammy broadcast.
Those interested in more information on purchasing tables or tickets to the event are encouraged to call MusiCares at (310) 392-3777.
-- Todd Martens