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Tribute to Neil Diamond

2009-02-09 03:30:17 GMT2009-02-09 11:30:17 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Musicians honor singer-songwriter Neil Diamond

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was honoured in Los Angeles on Friday (February 06) with some of music's top artists performing his hit songs. Held at the L.A. Convention Center, the celebration was hosted by MusiCares, who named Diamond their 2009 Person of the Year for his lifetime work and his philanthropic efforts. Mega music acts Coldplay, The Jonas Brothers and Adele were amongst those paying tribute to Diamond.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEIL DIAMOND SAYING:

"My first guitar was ten dollars. I paid for it a dollar a week because I wasn't sure I'd like playing guitar. My parents were behind me 100 percent, and I never dreamed that I would have a night like this. This is super."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVE GROHL, FOO FIGHTERS MEMBER, SAYING:

"A musician could only be so lucky and talented. He's a genius, and he's a bad ass."

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