Music stars honor Paul McCartney at Grammy event
By Susan Zeidler
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney racked up yet another honor on Friday when he received the MusiCares' 2012 Person of the Year award at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Grammy organizers ahead of this weekend's major music awards.
The line-up of artists celebrating the former member of the Fab Four at the charitable affair included veteran artists Neil Young and James Taylor, singers Katy Perry, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Diana Krall, and pop rockers Coldplay and Foo Fighters,
McCartney opened with his own rendition of "Magical Mystery Tour" and throughout the night of tributes a string of performers sang tunes from his life's work.
Katy Perry belted out a rendition of "Hey Jude." Neil Young rocked the house with "I Saw Her Standing There." Cold Play cried "We Can Work it Out," and Alicia Keys gave a soulful version of "Blackbird" on piano.
"For me, obviously it's great to hear these fantastic artists singing my songs," McCartney said when it came time to accept his award. He noted the different nuances each artist brought to his music and, of course, thanked everyone there.
Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard hosted the event to honor McCartney for his creative accomplishments over decades in the industry and his charitable work off the rock 'n' roll stage.
The gala for MusicCares, which is supported by Grammy organizers at the Recording Academy, raised $6.5 million to provide aid to musicians in need of help. The night featured a live auction of a red and cobalt blue piano, painted by Peter Max for Ringo Starr, that sold for $175,000.
It's been a big week in Hollywood for McCartney who made history as a Beatle with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star. Continued...