Monday, May 20, 2024

McCartney MusiCares Show: James Taylor, Norah Jones, Coldplay Featured


Literally everyone in the music biz wants to be part of MusiCares’s Person of the Year show with Paul McCartney on February 10th in L.A. I can tell you that James Taylor was first to sign up. He gets to sing “Yesterday,” which is like the greatest honor. Coldplay, Norah Jones, and the Foo Fighters are still deciding their songs. There are a lot more names in the bin, too. But NOT names elsewhere reported: Rihanna, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson,Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift. This was someone’s misinformation.

McCartney, by the way, expressed an interest in Kanye West. It’s not clear if he’s available.

So far not on the schedule are Ringo Starr or Eric Clapton, but that could change. Clapton plays on two tracks from Paul’s new album, “Kisses on the Bottom,” so he might just show up and surprise everyone. There’s also a question about Stevie Wonder, who also plays on the album. What I do know is that Paul is putting on a real show after he’s received his tribute, with Diana Krall and her band helping out as they do on the album. Then Paul makes an appearance on Sunday on the Grammy Awards. I’m surprised he hasn’t tapped Roberta Flack to sing, as well. Her wonderful “Let it Be Roberta” CD comes out that week, too, and it’s all Paul’s songs.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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