By Phyllis Pollack
Legendary singer, actress and activist Barbra Streisand will perform at the upcoming 21st anniversary tribute to be held in her honor that will benefit the Grammy charity MusiCares’ emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs.
In honoring Barbra Streisand as MusiCares Person of The Year, the evening will be a historic event featuring performances by multi-Grammy-winning artists Tony Bennett, Seal, Donna Summer, BeBe Winans, and Stevie Wonder. Multi-Grammy-winning artists and current Grammy nominees guitarist Jeff Beck and jazz musician Herbie Hancock will also perform. Two-time-Grammy-winning artist and current Grammy nominee LeAnn Rimes, will perform, as will two-time Grammy winner Diana Krall, Grammy-winner and current Grammy nominee Barry Manilow. Artist and member of the Grammy-nominated “Promises, Promises” cast album Kristin Chenoweth will also grace the stage, as well as artists and members of the Grammy-nominated “Glee” cast Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss, in addition to artist Nikki Yanofsky. Ms. Streisand, a multi-Grammy-winning artist and current Grammy nominee, will close the evening with her own special performance. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
Attendees include President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy® Neil Portnow, and MusiCares Foundation Board Chair Paul Caine and Board Chair Emeritus John Branca. Tribute co-chairs are Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Marty Erlichman, Jay Landers, Ron Meyer, and L. Lee Phillips. Jay Landers and Phil Ramone are the evening’s musical directors. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend.
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. The celebration culminates with the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by MasterCard, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS. CONTINUE READING BELOW THIS ADVERTISEMENT.
MusiCares offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses including rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community regardless of their financial circumstances. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road. For more information, please visit www.MusiCares.com.
The star-studded event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, located at 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Parking is available at the West Hall Lot, off Cherry Street, with a cost: $12 (no valet available).
For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at 310.392.3777.