LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — An impressive array of performers are lining up for Sir Paul McCartney's tribute at this year's 22nd annual MusiCares Person of the Year Gala.
Hosted by actor/comedian Eddie Izzard, artists set to perform are current Grammy nominees Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, and Katy Perry; Grammy-winning artists Duane Eddy, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Diana Krall, James Taylor, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse; two-time Latin Grammy-winning artist Sergio Mendes; and the cast of Cirque du Soleil's "Love" Beatles tribute show.
Sir Paul, of course, is also scheduled to perform.
McCartney was announced last fall as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition for his contributions to music as well as his wide range of philanthropic endeavors. Other artists who've been honored by MusiCares in the past include Tony Bennett, Bono, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, Brian Wilson and Aretha Franklin among numerous others.
"Paul McCartney exemplifies the phrase 'artist/philanthropist,' and his extraordinary career is certainly a testament to the multifaceted power of his creative genius," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy. "The unique talent, dedication and spontaneity he brings to his projects and live performances are unsurpassed, but are equaled by the impressive generosity and commitment he consistently devotes to a range of important charitable causes." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers