The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing to Honor Neil Young
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate its seventh annual GRAMMY Week event this year 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 Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles. 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, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
"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."
As the Producers & Engineers Wing 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. For more than four decades, he has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity, and his achievements have been matched by his unwavering humanitarianism. In recognition of his influential accomplishments and charitable endeavors, Young was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2010.
Young's career began with his earliest recordings as a member of the Squires in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 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 (American Dream, Dj Vu); 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/ Dj Vu (2008). His most recent release, Neil Young With Crazy Horse's Psychedelic Pill, shows an artist fully grounded and firmly rooted in his work yet constantly evolving and living in the moment.