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Neil Diamond Named 2009 MusiCares Person Of The Year

Neil Diamond Named 2009 MusiCares Person Of The Year

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GRAMMY-winning recording artist Neil Diamond will be honored as the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year, it was announced by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and John Branca, Board Chair of the MusiCares Foundation.

Person of the Year highlights video
The annual GRAMMY Week gala dinner and concert — now in its 19th year — will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 6 two days prior to the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards. Proceeds will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. The evening will feature performances by current multiple GRAMMY nominee Adele, two-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Benét, two-time GRAMMY winner and current GRAMMY nominee Terence Blanchard, four-time GRAMMY winners and current seven-time GRAMMY nominees Coldplay, six-time GRAMMY-winning Foo Fighters, current GRAMMY nominee Josh Groban, five-time GRAMMY winner Faith Hill, current multiple GRAMMY nominee Jennifer Hudson, current GRAMMY nominees Jonas Brothers, current two-time GRAMMY nominee Kid Rock, GRAMMY winner Raul Malo, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, five-time GRAMMY winner Randy Newman, Urge Overkill, and GRAMMY winner and current GRAMMY nominee Cassandra Wilson and more. Comedian and television personality Jimmy Kimmel will be the evening's host. Also featured will be a special concert performance by GRAMMY winner Neil Diamond.
The 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a special reception and silent auction sponsored by Red Stripe Plane Music offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception will also include a special live online auction presented by Julien's Auctions to be broadcast live worldwide on Auction Network with real-time interactive bidding technology. The auction will feature the music memorabilia collection from the estate of the late music publisher Andy Budde, which includes such items as an Eric Clapton-signed guitar, a Bob Dylan-signed harmonica and a Janis Joplin-signed photograph and more. Click here to view a preview video or click here to register and bid.

The auction will be followed by a gala dinner, an award presentation and a star-studded tribute concert cosponsored by AEG and ELS Surround. For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at 310.392.3777 or click here. For additional event information, click here.

Event Information:

Feb. 6:
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Parking: West Hall lot, off Cherry Street (cost: $12, no valet available)
5:30 p.m.: Red-carpet arrivals, cocktail reception and live/silent auction
8 p.m.: Gala dinner
9 p.m.: Award tribute/concert

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