Paul McCartney, one of the biggest (and most active) rock legends of the past 50 years, will be celebrated by a suitably stellar lineup when he is honored at the Grammy Awards' annual MusiCares benefit concert on Feb. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Among the artists who will be saluting McCartney in song -- his songs, to be exact -- are five current Grammy nominees, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Tony Bennett, Katy Perry and Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas. They will be joined by a slew of past Grammy winners, among them Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, James Taylor, Sergio Mendes, Duane Eddy and Neil Young with Crazy Horse.
"I'm going to do a song Paul wrote, 'Here, There and Everywhere'," Bennett told UT San Diego in a Monday interview (which will be published here in full as part of the Feb. 9 Night&Day). "I did it once before and it's a really good tune, a good song."
English comedian Edie Izzard will be the host of the event honoring McCartney, which is not televised but typically draws nearly as many stars as the actual Grammy Awards telecast two days later. Among the attendees at last year's MusiCares was Oceanside troubadour Jason Mraz, a two-time Grammy winner; his manager, former top San Diego concert promoter Bill Silva; and Joe Lamond, the president and CEO of the Carlsbad-based National Association of Music Merchants.
McCartney is being honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year. the former beatle will cap off the evening with a performance of his own at MusiCares, which honors music legends for both their artistic achievement and their philanthropic work.
Past MusiCares honorees include Bennett, Young,Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, U2's Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson and last year's honoree, Barbra Streisand.
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase to attend MusiCares,which usually draws a capacity audience of several thousand people. Proceeds from the event benefit MusiCares, which was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy (under whose auspices the Grammy Awards are presented).
MusiCares is designed to provide "a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community."
MusiCares is typically not televised or recorded, but is reviewed in detail each year by UT San Diego (our coverage of the Paul McCartney tribute will run Feb. 11 at: utsandiego.com/news/night-and-day/music-nightlife/). Here is ourLast Updated: 02/01/12 17:09