Chili Peppers, Neil Young Honor Brian Wilson
Mike Love and the rest of the surviving Beach Boys stayed away, but luminaries such as Neil Young and Jeff Beck showed up in Hollywood on Friday as the music industry honored Brian Wilson at a black-tMike Love and the rest of the surviving Beach Boys stayed away, but luminaries such as Neil Young and Jeff Beck showed up in Hollywood on Friday as the music industry honored Brian Wilson at a black-tie bash. The artist was feted as man of the year at the 15th annual MusiCares dinner, a Grammy-related event that raises money for musicians in need.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked things off with a version of "I Get Around," while Young dedicated "In My Room" not only to Wilson, but to his late brothers, Dennis and Carl.
Ballads seemed to be the order of the evening, with the Backstreet Boys performing "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)," Shelby Lynne doing "Surfer Girl," Earth, Wind and Fire offering "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" and Michael McDonald and Billy Preston dueling on keyboards for "Don't Worry Baby."
Young British pianist Jamie Cullum earned a standing ovation for his version of "Sail On, Sailor," as did Beck after he fired up his guitar for a suite from "Smile" and "Surfin' U.S.A." Other performers included Richie Sambora, the Barenaked Ladies, John Legend and Darlene Love.
At the end of the evening, Wilson took to his keyboard to sing "Heroes and Villains," "God Only Knows" with India.Arie, "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Love and Mercy," the latter two songs backed by most of the acts who had played for him.
Wilson is nominated for two statuettes at tonight’s Grammys for his Nonesuch album "Brian Wilson Presents Smile."
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