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Top Music Stars Celebrate Carole King's Legacy

December 05, 2012

Some of the biggest names in entertainment gathered last night to pay tribute to the legendary Carole King at a star-studded show in Hollywood.

ETonline's Denny Directo was on the red carpet to speak with stars including Jesse McCartney, Jakob Dylan, Danny DeVito and King herself before the concert, called "A Celebration of Carole King and Her Music," held at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre.

"I'm obviously here to help celebrate Carole's lifetime achievement in music, and that's a pretty special thing," McCartney said. "She started at a time where a female songwriter... everyone sort of raised their eyebrows. So for her to do what she did at such an early age -- during the 60s -- was sort of unheard of. She really was a pioneer and a visionary."

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Dylan -- who called King "one of the best songwriters of all time" -- said he's already had the pleasure of working with her and might just be her No. 1 fan. He also revealed he'd be performing a tribute by singing his favorite King song, Crying in the Rain, in a duet with Amy Grant.

King said she felt overwhelmed being honored by so many music stars. "It's great, it's three generations of the most amazing talent, it's wonderful," she said. "This afternoon at rehearsal, working with all these people, it was like, I still get to do this. I'm so happy, I'm so lucky, and very honored."

The event was also a fundraiser for the Painted Turtle camp -- founded in 1988 by acting legend Paul Newman -- which is run by the SeriousFun Children's Network. The camp provides life-changing support to children with serious illnesses and their families by giving them the opportunity to rediscover the ordinary joys of being a child through a year-round camp and hospital outreach programs.

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Watch the video to also hear DeVito explain why he's such a big fan of King and to hear event organizer Lou Adler explain why so many celebrities have supported the SeriousFun Children's Network.

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