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Neil Young honoured by US Recording Academy

Neil Young

Story by Jack Foley

LEGENDARY singer-songwriter Neil Young has been honoured by the US Recording Academy for his achiements in music.

As part of the ceremony, the 64-year-old veteran enjoyed 20 of his best known hits sung to him by the likes of Elton John, Sheryl Crowe and Norah Jones.

Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his “influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work”.

This includes his charity work, including his support of Farm Aid and the Bridge School Concerts, which raise money to provide services for children with severe physical and speech impairments.

Young has two sons who have cerebral palsy.

Other artists to perform in front of the singer at the Los Angeles Convention Centre were James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, John Forgarty and Dave Matthews.

After performing Helpless, Elton John described Young as “my hero”, while David Crosby, who took to the stage together with Young’s former bandmate Graham Nash, added: “We made some of the best music of our lives with you, man.”

Commenting afterwards, a humbled Young said: “It’s been a great night. It wore me out. Now I’ve got to go back and try and write some more songs.”

MusiCares was established by the US Recording Academy in 1989 to provide assistance to musicians in times of financial, medical or personal emergency.