Neil Young will be honored as the 2010 MusiCares® Person of the Year at its 20th anniversary gala, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Paul Caine, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.
Young will be honored for "his exceptional and influential artistic accomplishments as well as his philanthropic work, which has included many generous charitable activities over the years," an announcement issued today said.
A dinner and concert honoring Young will be held in Los Angeles on January 29, 2010, two days before the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Proceeds from the event will provide support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need.
"It is an honor to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of Neil Young at our 20th Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute," said Portnow. "Neil has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity for more than four decades, and his achievements have been matched by his unwavering humanitarianism. He is a shining example of how music people offer their creative gifts to the world, and how they also give back through their commitments to charitable endeavors."
"Throughout his career, Neil has stood out as an exceptionally talented performer, and he has stood for causes that are both noble and close to his heart." said Caine. "We look forward to paying tribute to him at this signature Grammy Week gala."
Young's career began with his earliest recordings as a member of the Squires in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1963. He rose to prominence with classic albums such as 1970's After The Gold Rush and 1972's Harvest, and through work with bands such as Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Neil Young With Crazy Horse.
He has also directed films, including Rust Never Sleeps and the documentary CSNY/Déjà Vu. Young recently released Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972, allowing fans to continue to receive new Neil Young archival content as it becomes available.
Young has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including an Oscar nomination in 1993 for his song "Philadelphia" from the film of the same name. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982, and has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — in 1995 for his solo work, and in 1997as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
He was one of the original founders of Farm Aid in 1985, continues to be an active member on the organization's board of directors, and will be one of the performers at this year's event on Oct. 4. And each October, he and his wife Pegi organize and host the Bridge School Concerts, a benefit for the Bridge School that he and Pegi helped found. The school helps children with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their lives.
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