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Springsteen MusiCares Tribute to Feature Neil Young, Mumford & Sons

Artists unite to benefit foundation that supports musicians

Neil Young/Marcus Mumford
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January 2, 2013 10:45 AM ET

Neil Young, Mumford & Sons and Eddie Vedder are among the performers paying tribute to Bruce Springsteen when he's honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year February 8th in Los Angeles. Elton John, Jim James, Tom Morello, Alabama Shakes, Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney, Sting, John Legend, Natalie Maines and more are also set to perform.

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Established by the Recording Academy, the MusiCares Foundation provides emergency financial support for musicians, educational workshops, healthcare programs and more. The 2013 Person of the Year tribute will be broadcast live on CBS.

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