Bruce Springsteen (L) and Tom Morello perform 'Thunder
Road' during the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute
honouring Springsteen in Los Angeles, California.
Bruce Springsteen has been honoured as MusiCares Person
of the Year at a star-studded pre-Grammys event where some of
the biggest names in music like Sting, Alabama Shakes and Neil
Young paid homage to "The Boss".
The annual event, now in its 23rd year, celebrates a star's
musical achievements and philanthropic work, and is hosted by
Grammy organizers to kick off the weekend of the awards show.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday on CBS.
Past Musicares honourees include Bono, Tony Bennett, Aretha
Franklin and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
"It's kind of a freaky experience," said Springsteen, 63, as
he accepted the award, saying it was "like the Italian
wedding" he never had with his wife Patti Scialfa, or a "huge
Scialfa later accompanied Springsteen on vocals and guitar,
along with other members of his band, as he performed a set
of his hits, including "We Take Care of Our Own," "Born to
Run" and "Glory Days."
Earlier in the night, he helped boost the value of an
auctioned signed guitar. "With this guitar comes one free
guitar lesson with me," he said to the audience to trigger
more bids. Then he threw in a ride in the sidecar of his
Harley motorcycle, and his mom's lasagna. The guitar sold for
All of the proceeds from the show and silent auction go to
Musicares, which provides support to struggling musicians in
financial, medical and personal need.
Other artists including Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Jackson
Browne, John Legend and Patti Smith performed songs to honour
Springsteen recently performed at the 12/12/12 Hurricane
Sandy charity concert in Madison Square Garden to raise funds
for the thousands affected by the superstorm.
The singer-songwriter from New Jersey has sold more than 120
million albums worldwide and is vying for three Grammys on
Sunday, including best rock album for "Wrecking Ball." His
single "We Take Care of Our Own" is nominated for both Best
Rock Song and Best Rock performance.
President Barack Obama used "We Take Care of Our Own" as one
of his top campaign songs in last year's election, in which
he defeated Mitt Romney.