Neil Young to Receive Humanitarian Award at Junos
TORONTO – Legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young is to receive a humanitarian award in his hometown Toronto in March at the Junos, the country’s music awards.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said Young will receive the 2011 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his contributions to Farm Aid, Live 8 and other fundraising events.
Canadian-born Young was scheduled to attend the 2005 Junos kudosfest in Winnipeg, but had to bail after surgery for a near-fatal brain aneurysm.
Young is a five-time Juno award winner and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
In 2009, he was named the MusiCares Person of the Year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Young will receive his latest Canadian tribute during the 2011 Juno Awards, to air live on the CTV network on March 27.
Young's latest album is last year's Le Noise, which was produced by Daniel Lanois.