Bruce Springsteen Named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year

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New Jersey: If from almost any other state, Bon Jovi would surely (shore-ly?) make this list in bold print. Bruce Springsteen, however, seems like the most apt choice if only for career longevity as a tie-breaker. A bittersweet honorary mention, as well, to Whitney Houston.

Bruce Springsteen is being recognized for his creative and philanthropic contributions by the group that puts on the Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Springsteen has been named its 2013 MusiCares person of the year. The Boss will be feted at a private fundraising dinner ceremony on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow called Springsteen a "renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian." Springsteen has won 20 Grammy awards during his nearly 40-year career.

The Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation provides financial, medical and educational services to members of the music community. Past person of the year honorees include Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Paul McCartney.