Springsteen says "freaky" to be honored at pre-Grammys tribute

Sat Feb 9, 2013 6:25am EST
 
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bruce Springsteen was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday at a star-studded pre-Grammys event where some of the biggest names in music like Sting, Alabama Shakes and Neil Young paid homage to "The Boss."

The annual event, now in its 23rd year, celebrates a star's musical achievements and philanthropic work, and is hosted by Grammy organizers to kick off the weekend of the awards show.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday on CBS.

Past Musicares honorees include Bono, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.

"It's kind of a freaky experience," said Springsteen, 63, as he accepted the award, saying it was "like the Italian wedding" he never had with his wife Patti Scialfa, or a "huge Bar Mitzvah."

Scialfa later accompanied Springsteen on vocals and guitar, along with other members of his band, as he performed a set of his hits, including "We Take Care of Our Own," "Born to Run" and "Glory Days."

Earlier in the night, he helped boost the value of an auctioned signed guitar. "With this guitar comes one free guitar lesson with me," he said to the audience to trigger more bids. Then he threw in a ride in the sidecar of his Harley motorcycle, and his mom's lasagna. The guitar sold for $250,000.

All of the proceeds from the show and silent auction go to Musicares, which provides support to struggling musicians in financial, medical and personal need.   Continued...

 
U.S. musician Bruce Springsteen performs with the E. Street Band during a tour to promote their latest album "Working on a Dream", at Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez