Canadian star Bryan Adams will be given a special award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts when the Juno Awards are held in St. John's, Nfld in April. Adams will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the ceremony on April 18, the Junos announced today, recognizing "an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada."

The awards are broadcast in Canada on CTV.

In a news release, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which runs the Junos, says "Adams has been at the forefront of fundraising and social awareness events," including Amnesty International's Conspiracy of Hope tour, Live Aid, Live 8 and other events. Adams also co-wrote "Tears Are Not Enough," to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. He is also well know for his work with Greenpeace and PETA.

A noted photographer, Adams' work has raised money to benefit cancer research.

"Without any fanfare Bryan's Foundation has quietly worked to enrich the lives of children and young people here at home and in the far flung corners of the globe," Melanie Berry, chief executive of CARAS said in a statement. "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize his history of philanthropic work with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award."