Saturday, May 18, 2024

Bruce Springsteen Named MusiCares Person of the Year


Bruce Springsteen is the new Person of the Year from MusiCares. Springsteen will be honored on February 8, 2013, two nights before the Grammy Awards. A bunch of artists he selects will perform his songs, and then Bruce and the E Street Band will put on a nine hour show to demonstrate their appreciation. (Just kidding! Only seven hours!) Springsteen follows Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Don Henley and many other big names in this endeavor. Hopefully, he’ll choose Patti Smith, the Pointer Sisters, Manfred Mann, and others who’ve had hits with his songs. That would be a riot. And of course that country singer who has a hit called “Springsteen” would be funny, too. Some other Bruce faves may turn up as well, like Sam Moore, Darlene Love, and Garland Jeffries. It will be quite a night. MusiCares raises money to help indigent musicians and those who need health and regular bills paid. With Obamacare, things should be a little better, but the vast majority of musicians don’t have health insurance and aren’t prepared for a crisis. MusiCares is ready to help them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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