“It’s been a great night, It wore me out. Now I’ve got to go back and try to write some songs”

Neil Young, at the end of the MusicCares event celebrating him as Person of the Year.

Neil Young sat in the audience as 20 of his best known songs were performed on stage Friday.

Elton John, James Taylor, Dave Matthews and more than a dozen other artists launched Grammy weekend with performances honoring Young as the MusiCares Person of the Year. The annual event celebrates an artist’s philanthropy each year as it raises funds for the music industry charity that provides financial, medical and personal assistance to artists in need.

Young was honored for his decades of philanthropic service, including work with Farm Aid and the Bridge School Concerts, which raise money to provide services for kids with severe speech and physical impairments.

The singer, songwriter, guitar player, and more than 2,000 other guests at the Los Angeles Convention Center were treated to new versions of a few of his timeless songs.


Young who was born on November 12, 1945, has done his best at changing the world, he is an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid.

In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his wife Pegi. (Young’s involvement stems at least partially from that his sons Ben and Zeke have cerebral palsy, and his daughter Amber Jean, like Young himself, has epilepsy).

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