Published Jan 27, 2011Considering his lengthy and legendary career, this morning's (January 27) announcement that Neil Young is set to receive an award at this year's Juno gala doesn't seem like much of a surprise. However, the award aims not to honour the artist's music career, but his humanitarian efforts.
Young will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the gala, which takes place March 27 in Toronto, ON. The honour celebrates "an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada."
Young's charitable efforts include forming Farm Aid back in 1985, which has raised over $30 million for farmers over the years, and founding the Bridge School, which aids and teaches children with physical challenges. Young founded the latter with wife Pegi.
This won't be the first time Young has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts. In 2010, he received the similarly philanthropist-honouring MusiCares Person of the Year trophy at the Grammy Awards.
Previous winners of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award include Bruce Cockburn, Paul Brandt and Sarah McLachlan.
Nominations for the rest of the Juno ceremony will be announced next Tuesday (February 1).