MusiCares Person of the Year

  1. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. ...

  2. SiriusXM To Launch Barbra Streisand Channel

    September 09, 2014 4:38 AM EDT SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand , the satellite radio giant announced Monday. Starting this Friday (Sept. 12) at 5 p.m. ET, through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Ch ...

  3. David Crosby Undergoes Heart Surgery, Postpones Shows

    February 17, 2014 11:28 PM EST Rock performer David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows. Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery ...

  4. Neil Diamond Signs With Capitol Records (Exclusive)

    January 20, 2014 2:01 PM EST Billboard has learned Capitol Music Group will announce it has signed legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to its Capitol Records label. The deal will mark the first time Diamond’s entire catalog has been under one label. The new deal is Diamo ...

  5. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday ...

  6. Carole King is MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 19, 2013 1:36 PM EDT Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares person of the year during the 2014 Grammy Awards week. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that King will be saluted by performers Lady Gaga, the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, James Ta ...

  7. Bono Feted With France's Highest Cultural Honor

    July 17, 2013 6:28 AM EDT Irish rocker Bono is now a French commander, after being awarded the country’s highest cultural honor in a ceremony in Paris Tuesday night. Culture minister Aurelie Filippetti made Bono a Commander of Arts and Letters in recognition of his cont ...

  8. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  9. 2013 Grammy Week Parties: All The Sights, Sounds, Hotspots

    February 05, 2013 2:50 PM EST Pre-parties, afterparties, brunches, dinners, galas galore -- it's the music industry's week to shine. Here's a roundup of everything we know about that's going on (that we're allowed to write about, anyway). Caveat empt ...

  10. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  11. Music Vets Launch Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

    November 12, 2012 11:12 PM EST A group of veteran music industry professionals have created the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and will announce 24 nominees on Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson for the newly established nonprofit. The Miami-based organization, being led by a ...

  12. How Matt Lauer Helped Book Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Aerosmith For Tonight's Hurricane Sandy Telethon

    November 02, 2012 2:16 PM EDT Music bookings for tonight's "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon , which will benefit the American Red Cross' relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Christina Agui ...

  13. Streisand Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple Top 10 Albums Six Decades Straight

    October 19, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200's top 10 in every decade since the '60s. Her latest set, the archival package Release Me, debuts at No. 7 with 44,000 copies sold, according to N ...

  14. Barbra Streisand Sets Historic Billboard 200 Chart Records

    October 18, 2012 1:17 PM EDT Singer Nets 32nd Top 10 Album, Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple New Top 10 Albums In Each of The Last Six Decades Barbra Streisand's Release Me (above) is her 32nd top ten album. This week, Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take mul ...

  15. Neil Diamond to Be Honored as 'Legend of Live' at 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apol ...

  16. Morning Fix: Microsoft's Xbox Music; AEG's Seats With Friends; XL's Adele Profits

    October 15, 2012 8:21 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MICROSOFT PRESSES PLAY ON NEW XBOX MUSIC SERVICE: Microsoft Corp. is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an al ...

  17. The Piano Man Plays For UMPG

    August 30, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Billy Joel signs new publishing deal, seeking greater use of his classic songs in ads, movies and on TV. Universal Music Publishing Group and its subsidiary Rondor Music International landed a big one, signing Billy Joel to an exclusive worldwide ...

  18. Maria Cole, Jazz Singer and Widow of Nat 'King' Cole, Dies at 89

    July 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Maria Cole, the widow of Nat "King" Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and a singer in Duke Ellington's band in the mid-1940s, died Tuesday of cancer in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89. The Coles were wed in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 194 ...

  19. Bruce Springsteen Named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year

    June 28, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Twenty-time Grammy award winner Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Scott Pascucci, chair of ...

  20. Quincy Jones Named ASCAP Founders Honoree

    June 06, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted industry legend Quincy Jones will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invite-only event will be held June 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angel ...

  21. Video: Emilio Estefan Says 'Great Things Are Happening... That Never Could Have 20 Years Ago' at Latin Conference

    May 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Emilio Estefan sat down with Billboard at the Billboard Latin Music Conference to discuss the changes in the Latin music industry since he began his career 35 years ago, how hard it is for new acts to get noticed, and his own responsibilities in t ...

  22. Target Partners With Emilio Estefan for Curated Latin Entertainment Section

    April 25, 2012 5:21 PM EDT Target's John Butcher with Emilio Estefan at the Billboard Latin Music Conference on Wednesday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Target Corporation has partnered with entertainment mogul Emilio Estefan in a new alliance that will allow Estefan to curate ...

  23. Emilio Estefan at Billboard Latin Conference: 'When It Was Just Me, Santana, Feliciano, Julio, There Wasn't So Much Opportunity...'

    April 25, 2012 3:31 PM EDT John Butcher, vice president of entertainment, Target (left); with Emilion Estefan, Chairman, Estefan Enterprises. (Photo: Michael Seto) As record sales remain flat and labels tighten their belts in producing and releasing records, brands have ste ...

  24. Aretha Franklin Signs With ICM

    April 02, 2012 5:07 PM EDT Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM) in all areas. She was previously with William Morris Endeavor . The Queen of Soul, an 18-time Grammy winner, has had 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard's R& ...

  25. Aretha Franklin Celebrates 70th Birthday, Re-Signs With Clive Davis

    March 26, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who help ...

  26. Paul Simon Documentary 'Under African Skies' Wins SXSW Audience Award

    March 18, 2012 1:34 PM EDT Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of Graceland won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. "Under African Skies" is the only music film to win a ...

  27. Barbra Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Barbra Streisand will remain on Columbia Records, the Sony Music-owned label has announced today. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress has been with the label for 50 years, having originally signed in the early 1960s. She released her ...

  28. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  29. Photos: Beach Boys' Grammy Reunion Rehearsal With Maroon 5, Foster the People

    February 10, 2012 4:30 PM EST Singers Mike Love of The Beach Boys (L) and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 perform onstage during The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards rehearsals at Staples Center on Thursday. (Photo: Rick Diamond/WireImage) The Beach Boys, Maroon 5 and Foster the People rehea ...

  30. Paul McCartney To Debut New Songs On iTunes Streaming

    February 09, 2012 7:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will debut the songs from his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" in a free live streaming performance on iTunes. The performance takes place at 10 p.m. EST Thursday from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles where m ...

  31. Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters to Perform @ MusiCares Grammy Week Event

    February 01, 2012 1:46 PM EST When Paul McCartney is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week next Friday night, he'll be the biggest name in an otherwise stellar lineup of performers. In addition to a special McCartney performance to highlight the n ...

  32. Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Jon Stewart To Headline First NYC Secret Policeman's Ball

    January 25, 2012 9:40 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The Secret Policeman's Ball is letting America in on the party: The British-based music and comedy festival is coming to New York in March. Coldplay, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Mumford & Sons and Russell Brand are among ...

  33. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  34. Neil Young's 'Journeys' Plays Slamdance Film Fest

    January 23, 2012 7:00 AM EST PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - Neil Young recalls how his first concert film with director Jonathan Demme was a lush, stately tribute to country music. He says their latest, "Neil Young Journeys," is more like an electric bolt, with a "grin ...

  35. Univision's Nuestra Navidad Xmas Special To Feature Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Chino y Nacho, Arthur Hanlon

    December 08, 2011 5:22 PM EST For the sixth consecutive year, Estefan Film & Television-the production company of Emilio Estefan's Estefan Enterprises, will produce Nuestra Navidad, the Target-presented Christmas special that airs on the Univision network. This year&# ...

  36. More Than Just An Award Ceremony

    December 01, 2011 2:50 PM EST A List of Grammy week Events, celebrations, reunions, Performances & MOre WEDNESDAY Feb. 8 Grammy Camp - Basic Training University of Southern California 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Grammy Foundation Los Angeles-area high school students receive savvy ...

  37. Getting Ready For 'Music's Biggest Night'

    December 01, 2011 12:42 PM EST An introduction To The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Grammy Award nominations announcement and the Feb. 12 ceremony are both obvious and intriguing. Will Adele, with six nominations and a major contender for three of the top awards, have recovered fro ...

  38. Backbeats: Garbage's Shirley Manson Stops By Billboard With New Music; Gloria Estefan Winds Down Post-Howard Stern Interview; Blue October Rock NYC

    October 27, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Beautiful Garbage: Billboard Magazine editor Danyel Smith, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Billboard.com editor Tye Comer. As the '90s revivalism train rolls onward, the next big stop could come this spring with the return of electro-rockers G ...

  39. Managing Dad: How Danny Bennett Helped Take Tony Bennett's 'Duets II' To No. 1

    October 20, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Flying Together To The Moon: Danny Bennett (right) with his father/"client" Tony Bennet at last year's Whitney Gala and Studio Party at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (Photo: Getty Images) "I don't jus ...

  40. Newly Married Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 10, 2011 9:12 PM EDT He may just have married for the third time, but former Beatle Paul McCartney isn't settling down to a quiet life. Fresh from walking down the aisle with Nancy Shevell, the singer-songwriter has announced plans for an 11-date tour to begin ne ...

  41. Tony Bennett Is Oldest Living Artist To Reach Hot 100

    September 21, 2011 3:57 PM EDT At 85 years and two months, the iconic Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse, bows at No. 87. "Body," which previews Bennett's &q ...

  42. Backbeat: Gloria Estefan Previews 'Miss Little Havana' LP, Talks Target Deal in NYC

    September 14, 2011 6:36 PM EDT http://colowebpre.vnuusa.org/ Gloria Estefan with Billboard "Juice" editor Erika Ramirez (Photo: JD Anderson) For an artist with the resume as Gloria Estefan's, it's rare and admirable of her to open up about her professional t ...

  43. Paul McCartney to Be Honored as MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 13, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Paul McCartney will be honored as MusiCares person of the year during Grammy week next year. The former Beatle will not only be honored for his music but also for his charitable side. Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says McCartney ...

  44. Exclusive: Gloria Estefan to Release New Album Via Target Partnership

    September 06, 2011 10:55 AM EDT After spending most of her career signed to Sony labels, Gloria Estefan is taking a completely different direction with her new album, which will be released Sept. 27 as an exclusive partnership with Target, .biz has learned. "Little Miss Hav ...

  45. Barbra Streisand in 'Heated' Talks for Columbia Records Deal Renewal

    July 13, 2011 11:26 PM EDT Every Columbia Records employee knows about the "five Bs": Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Keeping this mega-selling group happy has long been a top priority at the venerable Sony Music label, ...

  46. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  47. Neil Young on 'A Treasure': Label Lawsuits, Unreleased Tracks, Upcoming Albums

    June 14, 2011 3:49 PM EDT Neil Young says that his latest archival album, "A Treasure," will be the first of many similar projects that will use unauthorized video material to enhance and flesh out the music that's on those releases. "Anything that anyb ...

  48. Neil Diamond Accepts Billboard Icon Award, Closes BBMAs with Medley Performance

    May 22, 2011 10:55 PM EDT With spirited, audience singalong versions of "Sweet Caroline" and a choir-assisted "America," Neil Diamond closed the 2011 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 22) by accepting his 2011 Billboard Icon Award. Seeming just a ...

  49. Stars Shine At Billboard Latin Music Awards, But Enrique Iglesias Rules The Night

    April 29, 2011 12:41 AM EDT Fire Walker: Enrique Iglesias won nine Billboard Latin Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Best Latin Pop Album By a Soloist. (Photo: Telemundo/Gary Rothstein) MIAMI -- There's no question that Enrique Iglesias ruled the 2011 Billbo ...

  50. Gloria Estefan, Emmanuel To Receive Special Honors At 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 13, 2011 2:26 PM EDT Gloria Estefan will receive recognition for her philanthropic work and Emmanuel will be given a career achievement honor at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami on April 28. Premios Billboard, airing at 8 p.m./7 p.m Central live on Telem ...

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