Celebs Honor Neil Young at MusicCares Gala

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Friends and other artists led Neil Young on a trip through the past, singing his songs and his praises at the 20th annual MusiCares gala Friday night.

“He made the free world a better place to rock in,” said actor/musician Jack Black, host of the benefit at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “Long may Neil run.”

Named 2010’s Person of the Year, Young, 64, was celebrated for his artistic and philanthropic contributions, especially his longtime commitment to Farm Aid and the Bridge School for children with severe speech and physical disabilities.

The Recording Academy charity event, which provides financial and medical and assistance to musicians in need, drew a record crowd of more than 2,200, including such brand names as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson.

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