“Happy days are here again!” sang Barbra Streisand to punctuate an incredible evening at the Los Angeles Convention  Center last night. MusicCares honored her as the Music Person of the Year for 2011. What a way to kick off Grammy week. She’s still got the chops! And she shared that she’s back in the studio recording another album.

The outpouring of love from the 2,000+ people in attendance at the silent auction, dinner and tribute concert was wonderful. Anyone who was anyone in music was in the audience – I ran int o Jamie Lee Curtis in the bathroom – lol, and on stage we were treated to the gifts of such music luminary as:

Seal, Diana Krall, LeeAnn Rimes with Jeff Beck (wow can that guy play a guitar) and CeCe Winans rocked on Come Rain or Come Shine; Stevie Wonder (who was introduced by Will.i.am!), Faith Hill surprised with Send in the Clowns, the Glee kids were there: Darren Criss, Lea Michelle, Matthew Morrison, and my favorite Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth did a lovely rendition of  One Less Bell/A House is Not a Home.

Of course there were surprises. President Bill Clinton giving a video tribute, Bill Maher came out to say a few words and spear a few Republicans, David Foster helped auction off a cruise on a 150-ft yacht, and the shock of the evening was Prince showing up! He introduced Barbra.

On top of all the entertainment was the fun of meeting our table mates. Two lovely guys flew in from Chicago just to be there to hear Barbra sing (and get out of the snow). Michelle and Cathy who make guitar straps for everyone and anyone (yes, they know Slash) were a lot of fun, and our late arrivals were two people who work with David Geffen. Just another typical Hollywood crowd.

Don’t even get me started on the swag bags we got after the event (guitar pick bracelets anyone!)!! The silent auction went on for miles and included a car. To the left here is a picture of my friend Marcie standing next to a giant painting of Barbra that was being auctioned off. i think the starting price was $25,000.

A nice write up about the evening is here.

PS  Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow sang also and they still have the chops. Wish I had more photos but the “police” were out in full force.  I did, ahem, record Barbra singing though. (insert big grin here)