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Jewel, Mayer Honor Elton

January 7, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Elton John will be honored at the 2003 NAMM Show Concert on January 17th at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The show is sponsored by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and Yamaha, which will present John with its 2003 Lifetime Achievement in Musical Excellence Award.

Sir Elton will perform himself, as will a laundry list of other artists: Ray Charles, Jewel, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Diana Krall, Randy Newman, Vanessa Carlton, Rufus Wainwright, Nikka Costa, Amy Grant, Brian McKnight, Take 6, Bruce Hornsby and Michael McDonald.

A limited number of tickets are available at www.namm.com. Proceeds from the concert will benefit three of NAMM's music education charities: the American Music Conference, the International Foundation for Music Research and the Museum of Making Music.

In other Elton John news, earlier today he and songwriter/collaborator Bernie Taupin received a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Original Sin." The song appears on John's most recent studio album, 2001's Songs From the West Coast.

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