Twenty-time Grammy award winner Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Scott Pascucci, chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board, announced today (June 28).
Proceeds from the 23rd annual benefit gala, held in Los Angeles two days before the 55th annual Grammy Awards, will go to MusiCares, which ensures that people in the music industry have a place to turn to in times of need.
Springsteen is receiving the honor in recognition of both his unparalleled accomplishments as a musician as well as his contribution to a wide array of philanthropic efforts over the years.
"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."
Pascucci echoed Portnow's sentiments, saying "Bruce is synonymous with artistic independence and a passion for causes that are close to his heart. His career seamlessly combines inspiration and charity, and it's a reminder that we can all do our part to make the world a better place."