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Neil Young To Be Honoured By Recording Academy With Tribute Gala

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10/20/2013 10:41 am
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Neil Young To Be Honoured By Recording Academy With Tribute Gala

Clare Sidoti

Managing Editor

Before Bryan Adams, Michael Bublé and Justin Bieber, it was Neil Young that represented Canada on the international music scene. Known as the “godfather of grunge” and with a career spanning over 40 years and having produced 35 studio albums, he is described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. It was announced over the weekend that the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will be honouring him with an all-star tribute. To be held on January 21 at the Village Studios in West Hollywood, the gala will pay tribute to the life and career contributions of the Harvest Moon singer who Recording Academy president Neil Portnow described as a “musical icon”. In talking about Young, Portnow said, “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.” Young is probably best known to younger generations for his rock anthem, “Rockin’ in the Free World”, the haunting “Philadelphia” from the film soundtrack of the 1993 Tom Hanks film of the same name and for which he was nominated for an Oscar for (though lost to the other nominee from the same film – Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadephia”) and for writing “Angry World” (winner of the 2011 Grammy for Best Rock Song). Among his numerous musical honours, he has also received a number of awards for his philanthropic work including the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year and the 2001 Spirit of Liberty Award. Young’s most recent album, Psychedelic Pill was released in 2012. Check out Young's live performance of "Rockin' in the Free World" at the 1990 FarmAid.


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