LOS ANGELES -- Neil Young is still rockin’ in the free world.
The legendary 68-year-old musician was celebrated Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy.
Young received his award on stage during the group’s seventh annual Grammy week celebration at The Village, a historic Los Angeles recording studio that’s hosted the likes of the Beach Boys, Mariah Carey, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Elton John.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences honored Young for his artistic creativity, philanthropic efforts and sonic integrity for a career that’s spanned more than four decades, including his time with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
"You’re honoring me, you’re honoring yourself," Young told the crowd of music industry professionals. "It’s not me. It’s you."
Young recalled working on the recording of his 1975 song "Like a Hurricane" at The Village and lamented the rise of digital recording. He also used his acceptance speech to plug his upcoming high-fidelity audio service Pono, which translates to "righteousness" in Hawaiian.
Tribute from Matthews
The singer-songwriter, who’s sometimes referred to as "the godfather of grunge," didn’t pick up his guitar at the event, but Dave Matthews made a surprise appearance to pay tribute to the musician.