Published Oct 18, 2013Neil Young is gaining a reputation as a bit of an audiophile, so it makes sense that he's being celebrated by the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing during 2014's Grammy Week.
Young will be honoured for his excellence in the art of recorded music on January 21 at the Village Studios in Los Angeles, CA. A press release praises Young for his commitment to high-quality audio, noting that his Pono uncompressed audio format is poised to launch in 2014.
"The efforts of the P&E Wing continue to raise awareness about the importance of sound quality and the preservation and integrity of recorded music," said Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow in a statement. "This year, it is with great honour that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community. The contributions of Neil Young are innumerable, as is his incomparable body of work, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with this legendary artist."
Past industry folks to have been honoured by the Producers and Engineers Wing include Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, T Bone Burnett and others.
This isn't the first time that Young has been recognized by the Recording Academy. Not only has he won two Grammy Awards, he was named 2010's MusiCares Person of the Year for his philanthropic work.
The Grammy Awards will take place on January 26.