Neil Diamond Is Recipient Of The Billboard Icon Award

Neil Diamond will be honored with the Icon Award at the upcoming 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

The event is set to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 22 and will also honor today’s biggest pop stars.

According to Billboard, Diamond’s award represents “the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator, writer and entertainer has stood the test of time.”

Along with Diamond, R&B mega-star Beyoncé will also be honored at the event with the Billboard Millennium Award for outstanding achievement in the music industry.

A mix of hit making pop and country stars including Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Pitbull, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz will also perform at the event.

Diamond released his most recent album, Dreams, in November 2010. The album includes classic cover tracks including “Let It Be Me” by the Everly Brothers, “Blackbird” and “Yesterday” by the Beatles, and Leon Russell’s “A Song for You.”

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