In June 2012, MusiCares announced that it was going to honor Bruce Springsteen as their 2013 Person of the Year. Just this week, they've announced an impressive list of performers, many of whom are also SXSW alumni, who will pay tribute to the legendary performer when the gala takes place on February 8, 2013. According to the website, performing bands include: Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young with Jon Stewart taking on hosting duties.
Bruce Springsteen is being recognized for his "exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work." The annual gala is entering its 23rd year as part of GRAMMY Week festivities. All proceeds from the event provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. See the MusiCares site for more information on the event and past honorees. And a special congratulations to Mr. Springsteen for this prestigious honor.