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Neil Young to be Honored by Recording Academy During Grammy Week
By: Gary Graff

Neil Young's
latest career honor will come from the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy during Grammy Week early next year in Los Angeles.

Young will receive a career honor for his "commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music." Previous recipients have been Quincy Jones and Jimmy Iovine.

In a statement, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow calls Young -- who was the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2010 -- "a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community. The contributions of Neil Young are innumerable, as is his incomparable body of work, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with this legendary artist."

The ceremony will take place at Village Studios in Los Angeles, with the date TBA. And though it's a career honor, Young -- whose last album, "Psychedelic Pill" with Crazy Horse, came out during October 2012 -- tells us he's hardly planning to slow down:


"Well, the creative agenda is pretty full right now. I have a number of things that I'm doing. I really can't go into any of them 'cause it really just diffuses what I'm focused on...but I have a couple of projects. They're all based around music; some of them are actual recording projects and some of them aren't. But they're all based around the continuing presence of music."

Young recently pioneered a new audio system, PONO, that he hopes will compete with Spotify and other online music services.

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