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Neil Young honored at Pre-Grammys event

Neil Young honored at Pre-Grammys event

NEIL YOUNG: Honoree Neil Young, left, accepts The Recording Academy President's Merit Award from P&E Wing Co-Chair Mike Clink at the Producers and Engineers of The Academy's 7th Annual Grammy Week Event, at The Village Recording Studios, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in West Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Associated Press/ Frank Micelotta/Invision

Ringo Starr, Chad Smith and Nancy Wilson were among those who turned out to celebrate Neil Young at a special pre-Grammy Awards event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The rocker was feted by the Producers & Engineers Wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the top prize-giving, at The Village recording studio in Los Angeles in recognition of his stellar career.

Starr, Smith and Heart singer Wilson were in attendance at the event, where Dave Matthews paid tribute to Young on stage by singing his tracks “My My, Hey Hey” and “The Needle And The Damage Done.”

After his performance, Matthews addressed his idol, saying, “As a person, you’re one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. I hope that I’m half the inspiration to people that you have been to me.”

Young then took to the podium himself in front of the music industry crowd, and joked, “You’re honoring me, you’re honoring yourself. It’s not me. It’s you.”

The Academy’s 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday. It airs on CBS.

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