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Published: 10/17/2012

Neil Diamond To Receive Billboard Honor

Congratulations to SESAC’s artist/songwriter Neil Diamond for the prestigious Legend of Live Award that be awarded to him at the upcoming 2012 Billboard Touring Awards to be held November 8 at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel. 

Billboard’s highest accolade in the touring space, the Legend of Live Award, honors individuals or band who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business.  The award recognizes professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and the fan experience at concerts. 

“Neil Diamond personifies a Legend of Live,” remarked Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming, touring & live entertainment.  “His fans span generations, and he remains committed to making his live shows the best possible experience for those fans, right up to his hugely successful 2012 North American tour.  Neil Diamond has received a wealth of accolades, but Billboard is thrilled to be the first to recognize Diamond solely for his contributions to the world of live entertainment.”

Diamond, a musical icon who has sold over 128 million records,  is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.  In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor his lifetime of contributions to the American culture.