Bruce Springsteen named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year

Multiple Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen will be honored during Grammy week early next year when he's deemed the MusiCares Person of the Year for his musical achievements and philanthropic contributions. // Tour dates at SoundSpike

Multiple Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen will be honored during Grammy week early next year when he's deemed the MusiCares Person of the Year for his musical achievements and philanthropic contributions.

The New Jersey native, who is currently touring with the E Street Band behind his latest studio set, "Wrecking Ball," will be the honoree at the 23rd annual benefit gala dinner and concert, slated for Feb. 8 in Los Angeles, just two days prior to the 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Renowned music producer Rob Mathes will be the musical director for the evening, and proceeds from the benefit will go to MusiCares, which helps musicians during times of financial, medical and personal need, according to a press release.

"Bruce Springsteen is a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of our time, a national treasure, and an exemplary humanitarian," MusiCares Foundation president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a press release. "His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tenacity of the human spirit."

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Springsteen has released 17 studio albums, including the most recent -- "Wrecking Ball" -- which surfaced in March and topped The Billboard 200, as well as album charts in 14 other countries. His musical career began more than 40 years ago with the release of "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J." in 1973.

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