Producers & Engineers Wing To Honor Neil Young
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate its seventh annual GRAMMY Week event in 2014 by honoring two-time GRAMMY winner Neil Young for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Jan. 21, 2014, at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles.
"The efforts of the P&E Wing continue to raise awareness about the importance of sound quality and the preservation and integrity of recorded music," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year, it is with great honor that we pay tribute to 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."
Young's career began with his earliest recordings as a member of the Squires in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1963. He rose to prominence with classic albums such as 1970's After The Gold Rush and 1972's Harvest, and through work with bands such as Buffalo Springfield (Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again); Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Déjà Vu, American Dream); and Neil Young With Crazy Horse (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere). He has also directed and released films through his production company, Shakey Pictures, including Rust Never Sleeps (1979) and the documentary CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). His most recent release with Crazy Horse, 2012's Psychedelic Pill, peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
Young continues to push artistic boundaries, evidenced by the release of Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963–1972) in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray. The project earned Young his first career GRAMMY for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards in 2010. He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including an Oscar nomination in 1994 for his song "Philadelphia" from the film Philadelphia. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982, and has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — in 1995 for his solo work and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. In 2014 he will debut the highly anticipated Pono, his new high-fidelity audio service.
Young's philanthropic work is as renowned as his musical legacy. He was one of the original founders of Farm Aid in 1985, and continues to be an active member on the organization's board of directors. Each October, he and his wife Pegi organize and host the Bridge School Benefit Concerts, which raises funds for the Bridge School that he and Pegi helped found. The school ensures that children with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of assistive technology and the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative educational strategies. These weekend concerts have drawn an international array of music artists and have raised significant resources for the school. In recognition of his influential accomplishments and charitable endeavors, in 2010 Young was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
As the Producers & Engineers Wing's 2014 honoree, Young joins an impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, and Jerry Wexler.
GRAMMY Week culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.