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Neil Young celebrates Musicares charity honour

Neil Young
Young closed the first night of the Glastonbury Festival last year

Singer-songwriter Neil Young enjoyed 20 of his best known hits sung by the likes of Elton John as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy.

Young, 64, was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work".

John sang Helpless and told the audience Young was "my hero".

"It's been a great night. It wore me out. Now I've got to go back and try and write some more songs," Young said.

The US Recording Academy awards the Grammys, so the event kicked off the Grammy weekend - the awards take place on Sunday night.

'Best music'

Other performances at the Los Angeles Convention Centre came from artists including James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crowe and Norah Jones.

Actor Jack Black was host for the evening.

Young was honoured for his charity work, including his support of Farm Aid and the Bridge School Concerts, which raise money to provide services for children with severe physical and speech impairments.

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton was backed by Sheryl Crowe, Leon Russell and Neko Case

Young has two sons who have cerebral palsy.

The tribute was attended by over 2,000 guests.

"I'd forgotten how many songs I'd written," Young said.

Young's former bandmates - Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash - took to the stage last.

"We made some of the best music of our lives with you, man," Crosby said, a previous winner of the award himself.

Other recipients include Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

MusiCares was established by the US Recording Academy in 1989 to provide assistance to musicians in times of financial, medical or personal emergency.

Young was born in Canada and rose to worldwide fame in the 1960s. His hits include Heart of Gold and Old Man.

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