January 1, 2012 7:15 PM

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is inspired by love and happiness

Neil Diamond has been a hit-maker for more than four decades, but when he’s alone in his studio, he sometimes wonders who will hear his music. The answer, of course, is almost everyone, as evidenced by a stellar 2011 that saw the 70-year-old singer/songwriter inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, become a Kennedy Center Honoree, earn his 13th Grammy nod and release a career-spanning collection of greatest hits.

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