The Recording Academy has announced that iconic songwriter and celebrated performer Neil Diamond will be honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Special Merits Award that celebrates performers that have made outstanding contributions artistic significance to the field recording. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating all honorees will be held in the summer 2018.
Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums and 11 Multi-Platinum albums.
Before becoming one the most noted and successful recording artists in the world, Diamond’s early recognition came as a songwriter. His recorded songs have become part the fabric America’s songbook with a wide range international hits that include “Solitary Man,” “Cherry Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “I’m A Believer,” “Red Red Wine,” “Holly Holy,” “Thank The Lord For The Night Time,,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am…I Said,” “Song Sung Blue,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (with Barbara Streisand,) “September Morn” and “Heartlight” among many others.
A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and a recipient the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award and 2009’s NARAS’s Musicares Person the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture.