Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 8 2013, it was announced by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and MusiCares Foundation Board Chair Scott Pascucci.
The event will be held in Los Angeles during Grammy Week two days prior to the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Proceeds from the benefit gala dinner and concert, now in its 23rd year, will support MusiCares. Composer/producer Rob Mathes will serve as musical director. The week’s events will culminate with the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. CBS will broadcast the ceremony live at 8 pm ET.
Springsteen is being honored for his extraordinary artistic accomplishments as well as his significant charitable work over the years. His recording career began almost 40 years ago with the Columbia Records album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and includes landmark recordings such as Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., both of which have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame an in 2009, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Springsteen’s latest album, Wrecking Ball, was released in March.
“Bruce Springsteen is a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian,” said Portnow. “His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tenacity of the human spirit. We are privileged and honored to pay tribute to Bruce this year as our MusiCares Person of the Year.”