Just two days before the 55th annual Grammy Awards, the world’s top musicians gathered in Los Angeles to recognize Bruce Springsteen as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year.
At this year’s Person of the Year gala, hosted by Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen was honored for this philanthropic work as well as his achievements throughout his music career. The event started with a silent auction, where Springsteen auctioned off an autographed guitar. Not only did he and the other stars in the audience sign the guitar, but Springsteen also offered up an hour-long guitar session, backstage concert passes, and other deals until the bid reached $250,000. The proceeds from the gala and the auction all went to MusiCares.
Not only did this event raise money for those in need, it also served as a preview for the amazing musicians being recognized at the Grammy Awards. The set list included hit artists such as Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, Elton John, Sting, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne – all performing different Springsteen songs in tribute to the Man of the Year. The night ended with Springsteen and his E Street Band performing five songs of their own, with the audience singing along to the classics.
While the Grammy Awards acknowledge the musical talent and innovation throughout the industry, the MusiCares gala serves to recognize philanthropy while giving back to those in need.
The MusiCares Foundation, established in 1989 by The Recording Academy responsible for the Grammy Awards, provides a wide range of services and resources for musicians in times of need. The goal of the foundation is to give music professionals a place to turn to when they are in need of financial, medical, or personal assistance. MusiCares gives back to those artists whose innovation and creativity drive the music industry.
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