Faith Hill, Tim McGraw + More to Honor Neil Diamond
Five-time Grammy winner Faith Hill joins a roster that includes husband Tim McGraw (a three-time Grammy champ himself), Kid Rock, Coldplay, the Jonas Brothers and Adele in a special concert honoring the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year, Neil Diamond.
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will serve as host of the Diamond tribute festivities, which will also include a reception and silent auction. Up for bids at a live online auction during the event will be one-of-a-kind music memorabilia, as well as Diamond's own 1956 Thunderbird.
MusiCares was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, the organization which also oversees the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The Academy is honoring Diamond for his artistic achievements and philanthropic work. Most recently, he's made significant contributions to hurricane relief efforts in Texas for areas ravaged by Hurricane Ike. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, U2 singer Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Elton John, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.
All aspects of the event will benefit MusiCares, which ensures that those make their living in the music industry have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
The Diamond tribute will take place February 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be telecast on CBS, February 8, live from Los Angeles.