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Dave Matthews, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco to Honor Neil Young at MusiCares Concert

November 10, 2009 4:55 PM ET

Dave Matthews, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mellencamp, Wilco and Crosby, Stills & Nash are just a handful of the artists set to pay tribute to legend Neil Young at the 2010 MusiCare's Person of the Year gala on January 29th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will honor both Young's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-worthy musical achievements as well as his philanthropic work, which includes leading roles in both Farm Aid and the Bridge School benefit concerts. Both Mellencamp and Matthews serve on Farm Aid's board of directors alongside Young.

Additionally, the MusiCares tribute to Young will include performances by Jackson Browne, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris, Ozomatli, Josh Groban and Everest. The gala will be among the highlights in the week leading up to the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, taking place January 31st at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Past honorees of the MusiCares Person of the Year award include Bono, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin and, most recently, Neil Diamond. Rolling Stone was on hand earlier this year when Coldplay, Dave Grohl and Jennifer Hudson all paid tribute to Neil Diamond.

In previous years, many artists who performed at the MusiCares events also took the stage at the Grammy Awards, so Wilco and the Dave Matthews Band should perhaps expect some good news when the nominees for the 52nd annual Grammys are announced December 2nd.

Related Stories:
Dave Grohl, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson Lead All-Star Tribute to Neil Diamond at MusiCares Gala
Neil Young Brings Chris Martin, No Doubt to Bridge School Benefit
Farm Aid Returns to the Heartland With Mellencamp, Young, Wilco

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