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Springsteen honored as person of the year by Grammy charitable arm

posted 3 Jan 2013, 02:29 by Mpelembe   [ updated 3 Jan 2013, 02:29 ]

Springsteen to be honored as MusiCares' person of the year.

MADISON, WISCONSINUNITED STATES  (NBC) -  U.S. rocker Bruce Springsteen has been named MusiCares' 2013 Person of the Year in recognition of his artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work, theRecording Academy said on Wednesday (January 02).

Springsteen, 63, will be honored at a February 8 gala in Los Angeles hosted by comedian Jon Stewart and held in conjunction with the annual Grammy Awards, the recording world's most prestigious honors which will be handed out on February 10.

"The Boss" has actively supported many charities over the years, including those focused on homelessness, hunger and helping veterans, and last year he participated in benefit concerts to aid victims of superstorm Sandy.

Among top music stars slated to perform at the MusiCares gala are StingNeil Young,Jackson BrowneKenny ChesneyFaith HillElton JohnTim McGraw and Patti Smith.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees have included Tony Bennett, Bono, Phil CollinsNeil DiamondAretha Franklin Billy JoelElton JohnStingPaul McCartney,Luciano Pavarotti and Barbra Streisand.

New Jersey native Springsteen, known for hits including "Born to Run," "Born in the U.S.A." and "Dancing in the Dark," has won a string of honors including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards.

He has often taken inspiration from his home state and used his star platform to highlight both its charms and challenges, most notably in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy which devastated New Jersey's famous coastline in October.

MusiCares, which was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, maintains a foundation that provides programs and services to members of the music community such as emergency financial assistance, educational workshops and other support services.