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Neil Young to be Honored by Recording Academy

Legendary singer Neil Young is set to be honored by officials at the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing.

The revered musician will follow in the footsteps of previous honorees Jimmy Iovine and Quincy Jones in January, when he is celebrated for his “commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music”.

A statement from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow reads, “It is with great honour that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community.

“The contributions of Neil Young are innumerable, as is his incomparable body of work, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with this legendary artist.”

The seventh annual ceremony will take place at Village Studios in Los Angeles in the week leading up to the 2014 Grammy Awards.

This will not be the first time Young has been feted by the Recording Academy — in 2010 he was named MusiCares Person of the Year and honored with a tribute concert featuring performances by Elton John, Wilco and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Bruce Springsteen Recognized at Pre-Grammy Gala

Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year as stars including Sir Elton John, Katy Perry and Sting paid tribute to “The Boss” before Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

The rocker was the toast of the event in Los Angeles, where top acts including Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and Alabama Shakes took the stage to cover Springsteen’s greatest hits.

Sir Elton sang a rendition of his track Streets of Philadelphia, while John Legend put a jazz spin on Dancing In The Dark on the piano, and Tim McGraw belted outTougher than the Rest with Faith Hill singing harmony.

Funnyman Jon Stewart, the evening’s host, credited Springsteen with giving a good name to their home state of New Jersey.

He joked, “We don’t have much. We are known mostly as the chief exporter in this country of carcinogens. Bruce Springsteen is all we have.”

The dinner also featured an auction, which Springsteen contributed to by offering a signed Telecaster guitar – and he got into the giving spirit by adding a few bonuses to the package.

He told the crowd, “With this guitar comes one free guitar lesson from me. That’s right. One free lesson. One hour. And a ride in the sidecar of my Harley Davidson. So dig in!”

The instrument sold to an unidentified woman for $250,000, reports the New York Times.

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