Entries in Neil Diamond (6)


Neil Diamond Weds His Manager, Katie McNeil

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Neil Diamond and his manager Katie McNeil wed Saturday in Los Angeles, the star’s representative told People Magazine.

The 71-year-old star, known for hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Cherry, Cherry,” announced his engagement on Twitter on Sept, 7, 2011.

“Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you’re the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil,” the musician tweeted.

The same day, Diamond tweeted a picture of 42-year-old McNeil and wrote, “I’d like you to meet Katie. I’m lovestruck. I took this photo in London last month. Neil.”

On Dec. 30, 2011 Diamond tweeted, “What a year! R&R Hall of Fame, Kennedy Ctr Honor, Billboard Icon Award, a Grammy nom., and best of all the hand of the girl of my dreams!”

This is McNeil’s first marriage.

Diamond has been married twice before. In 1963, he wed his high school sweetheart Jaye Posner, with whom he had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1969, and in December of that year, Diamond married Marcia Murphey, a production assistant, with whom he had two sons. Diamond and Murphey divorced in 1995.

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Kennedy Center Honors Gala with Meryl Streep Airs Tuesday on CBS

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- Meryl Streep's legendary career is celebrated in the CBS special The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, airing Tuesday night.

She was recognized at the gala, which was taped earlier this month in Washington, D.C., for her lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts.  The other recipients were "Sweet Caroline" singer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway singer Barbara Cook.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make appearances in the two-hour special, which begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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'Billboard' Music Awards Recap: Justin Bieber and Eminem Win Big

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- Britney Spears made her mark at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, performing not once, but twice at the Las Vegas event.

She surprised the crowd by joining Rihanna on stage to open the ABC broadcast.  They duetted on Rihanna's hit "S&M," grinding against stripper poles and engaging in pillow fights with male dancers while wearing skimpy leather outfits.  It was certainly a provocative way for Billboard's awards show to end its five-year hiatus.

In the third and final hour of the broadcast, Spears returned to the stage to work the remix of her hit "Till The World Ends" with her tour partner, Nicki Minaj.  Before Spears showed up, Minaj performed "Super Bass" while surrounded by a crew wearing similar blonde wigs.

Beyoncé's career was celebrated with the presentation of the Billboard Millennium Award.  First lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, U2's Bono and Beyoncé's parents were among those who shared kind words about her in a videotaped tribute.  It was followed by her live rendition of her new single, "Run the World (Girls)."  She then accepted her award, thanking her family, husband Jay-Z and the members of Destiny's Child, including the ones who left the group before they really hit it big.

A paparazzi-worthy moment came when Justin Bieber accepted the award for top new artist.  He kissed Selena Gomez immediately following the announcement, providing the first televised confirmation that the two are dating.

Bieber was the big winner at the awards show, along with Eminem: each artist received six trophies.  Bieber's victories came in the categories for top new artist, top social artist, top streaming artist, top digital media artist, top pop album and top streaming song.  Eminem picked up awards for top artist, top male artist, top Billboard 200 album, top rap artist, top rap song and top rap album.

Neil Diamond was the recipient of the Billboard Icon Award.  He closed the show by serenading the crowd with his hits "Sweet Caroline" and "America."

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Announced

Photo Courtesy - RB/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- The news leaked a couple of days ago, but now it's official.  Rolling Stone magazine reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will include Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Dr. John.

In addition, Leon Russell will be given the Award for Musical Excellence, which was formerly known as the "sideman" category.   The ceremony will be held March 14 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel and broadcast live on Fuse.

Though artists are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first single or album, all of this year's inductees have been eligible for years.  They all started their careers in the 60s, except for Waits, who put out his first album in 1973.

Alice Cooper told Rolling Stone that when he received the news, he called his former bandmates in the original Alice Cooper band and told then, "Well, it only took 45 years!"

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Leaked?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images/RB/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- The official list of inductees that will comprise the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is supposed to be announced on Wednesday, but claims they know who is going in.

According to the site, the inductees will be Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Darlene Love.  If the report is true, that means Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Donovan, Chic, Donna Summer, Chuck Willis, Joe Tex and Laura Nyro, who were also on the ballot, missed the cut.

The class will be inducted this March in New York City during a gala ceremony and dinner.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Announce 2011 Inductees

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Will Bon Jovi be named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2011?  Fans will find out next Wednesday.

The hall says it will reveal its inductees for 2011 on Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET on its website, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys and Neil Diamond are among the nominees.

Though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, the induction ceremony will again be held in New York City, on March 14.´╗┐

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