Facebook.com/Neil DiamondNeil Diamond will be presented with the Legend of Live Award at this year's Billboard Touring Awards, taking place November 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The honor recognizes artists who have made enduring contributions to the concert industry. Diamond recently finished a major North American outing that included a high-profile run of dates at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the singer/songwriter's classic live album, Hot August Night.
"There is no musical expression that quite compares with that of presenting your work to a live audience," Diamond says in a statement. "I'm honored to receive Billboard's Legend of Live Award, and to have had the opportunity to perform live to audiences all over the world for the past 45 years. For me, there is no higher musical calling."
Previous Legend of Live honorees include Elton John, The Allman Brothers Band, Journey and Rush.
Various artists, industry professionals and venues will be acknowledged at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards ceremony. The gala will serve as the finale of the ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference, which is scheduled for November 7 and 8. Among this year's other winners is the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour by the Cirque du Soleil troupe, which will receive the Creative Content Award.
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