David Foster to Receive Humanitarian Award at Canada's Juno Awards

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David Foster

The Canadian pop mogul has worked with Celine Dion, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and has earned 16 Grammys.

Canadian music icon David Foster is to be honored at the upcoming Juno Awards with a humanitarian award for his philanthropy, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said Thursday.

"The gift of music has brought me many rewards, and what better way to pay tribute to those gifts than to pay it forward. Giving back is not just a responsibility, it’s a necessity," Foster, who launched his nonprofit, The David Foster Foundation, in 1986, said in a statement.

The veteran music producer, composer and songwriter has worked with top artists like Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. His body of work includes more than 500 songs, including such hits as “I Have Nothing,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “Glory Of Love.”

Foster most recently worked with Michael Buble on his new album, Love. Among his first signings was Irish band The Corrs, who sold more than 20 million albums outside the U.S.

Foster, who has won six Junos, 16 Grammy awards and has been nominated for three Oscar best original song nominations, will receive his award at the 48th Juno Awards in London, Ontario, on March 17.