Young Honoured At Pre-grammy Ceremony
Veteran singer-songwriter NEIL YOUNG was honoured at a pre-Grammy Awards ceremony on Saturday night (30Jan10) - with stars including SIR ELTON JOHN, KEITH URBAN and NORAH JONES taking the stage to perform his hits.
The legendary musician was named the Musicares Person Of The Year by the U.S. Recording Academy, the organisation behind the Grammy Awards which take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night (31Jan10).
The event in L.A. was hosted by actor Jack Black and saw Sir Elton pay tribute to his "hero" before wowing the crowd with a rendition of Young's hit track Helpless. There were also performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello, Josh Groban and Sheryl Crow.
Young was honoured for his charity work, with organisers praising his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work."
The night also included a charity auction which sold off prizes including the chance to sing backup vocals on former Beach Boy Brian Wilson's next album, which was snapped up by Sir Elton who paid a reported $12,000 (£7,500) for the privilege.
Black also contributed to the sale - offering up the shoes he was wearing, which sold for $600 (£375).
The evening ended with a performance from Young's former bandmates Crosby, Stills and Nash, who took to the stage last with a rendition of Human Highway. David Crosby - who previously received the same award - addressed Young on stage, telling the rocker, "We made some of the best music of our lives with you."
Other previous recipients of the honour include Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson.