Neil Young Feted By Producers, Dave Matthews At Ceremony

Last night the great Neil Young was honored with the President's Merit Award from the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy during Grammys Week at the Village in Los Angeles. Young gave a speech at the famed studio complex and was then treated to a surprise set by Dave Matthews.

Young received the award with a 15-minute speech that focused around the recording of his 1977 hit "Like A Hurricane," some of which took place at the Village. Neil ended his speech by revealing that his long-awaited Pono music service is set to launch at SXSW in March. Rolling Stone has printed the full text of Young's speech, which is worth the lengthy read.

Following Young's speech, Dave Matthews performed a surprise three-song set as Neil looked on. Dave and Neil have a long history of playing together and are both board members of Farm Aid. Matthews treated attendees to covers of Young's "My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)" and "The Needle And The Damage Done" as well as the traditional "Rye Whiskey" according to Rolling Stone.

Watch Dave Matthews cover "Like A Hurricane" in 2011:

In case you missed it, an amazing crowd-sourced video of one of Neil's recent Carnegie Hall performances surfaced yesterday.

[Published on: 1/22/14]

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