No, it's not a Celebrity karaoke contest: Coldplay
, Foo Fighters
, Kid Rock
, Jennifer Hudson
and Jonas Brothers
are offering up their takes on Neil Diamond
's songbook to raise money for Charity, honor the 68-year-old singer-songwriter and kick off Grammy weekend.
The star-studded lineup, including Grammy nominee Adele
, Josh Groban
and Faith Hill
, will honor Diamond as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night.
"It's a double-whammy," Diamond said. "I get a chance to help raise a lot of money and a little plaque that says, 'Hey, you're OK.'"
Diamond deliberately stayed away from rehearsals so he would be surprised as the show unfolds.
"I love the idea of other people Singing my songs. They'll do it their own way," Diamond said by phone from his recording studio in Los Angeles. "I let them pick whichever ones they wanted."
There's plenty to choose from, like "Solitary Man," ''Cherry, Cherry," ''Sweet Caroline," ''Cracklin' Rose," and the hit he wrote for the Monkees, "I'm A Believer."
Diamond and his band will cap the evening that raises money for the Recording Academy's Charity with their own performance in front of an audience that includes his four grown children.
He also plans to check out a display honoring him at the new Grammy museum next to Staples Center.
For much of Diamond's nearly 50-year career, his Music has been criticized as middle-of-the-road. Yet he remains a popular concert draw, with last year's "Home Before Dark" tour drawing several generations of fans.