Bruce Springsteen (R) joins Mick Jagger onstage during the
Rolling Stones' final concert of their '50 and Counting
Tour' in Newark, New Jersey, last month. REUTERS/Carlo
US rocker Bruce Springsteen has been named MusiCares'
2013 Person of the Year in recognition of his artistic
achievements as well as his philanthropic work, the Recording
Springsteen, 63, will be honoured 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 honours, which will be handed out on
"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 Sting, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Faith
Hill, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Patti Smith.
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honourees have included
Tony Bennett, Bono, Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Aretha
Franklin Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Paul 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 honours including Grammy, Golden Globe and
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 programmes and
services to members of the music community such as emergency
financial assistance, educational workshops and other support