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Neil Young Wins His First Grammy for his Music

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The legendary Neil Young claimed his first-ever Grammy for his music at Sunday night’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The 65-year-old had previously picked up an award for the packaging of his Archives set in 2010, but this year Young’s “Angry World” earned the Grammy for Best Rock Song.

“This is my first Grammy for music and it’s appreciated greatly,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I’m not nervous, but I’m close.”

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Brian Setzer Earns Grammy Nod

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The Recording Academy revealed its list of Grammy nominees last night during the GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live, which aired on CBS.

Gretsch signature artist Brian Setzer earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Brian Setzer Orchestra track “Sleepwalk.”

In 1998, Setzer won a Grammy award in the same category with an earlier version of “Sleepwalk,” which appeared on breakthrough album The Dirty Boogie.

Here’s BSO performing the tune at the Montreal Jazz Festival in June 2010.

We’d also like to congratulate rockers Neil Young and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell on their Grammy nods. Young picked up three nominations for material from Le Noise, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. Campbell’s band will battle Young for Best Rock Album with Mojo.

The winners will be revealed on Feb. 13, 2011, during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

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Neil Young’s Storage Unit Damaged by Fire

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Neil Young’s storage spot in San Carlos, Cali., went up in a blaze Tuesday morning. The 12,000 square-foot warehouse held his vintage cars, memorabilia, guitars and other music equipment.

Investigators estimate there is at least $1 million in damage, although firefighters saved the vast majority of Young’s possessions.

Watch the news story here.

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Neil Young Performs at Farm Aid 25

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Neil Young performed several songs at “Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc., over the weekend.

Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. The musicians were joined on the Farm Aid Board of Directors by Dave Matthews in 2001.

The non-profit organization has raised more than $37 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. A large portion of their fund-raising efforts comes from their annual Farm Aid concert, where artists donate their performances. This year’s lineup included Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson, Amos Lee, Band of Horses, Robert Francis and others.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit farmaid.org.

Watch  Young’s performance of “Sign of Love” below.

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Neil Young’s Latest Masterpiece Making Noise

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Neil Young’s new album, Le Noise, dropped earlier this week to the tune of rave reviews.

“What’s striking about Le Noise is the way it both summarizes and distills Young’s singular approach to music, predominantly just Neil and a guitar: his big, white hollow-body Gretsch electric slashing and burning for most of the tracks, a couple built around picked and strummed acoustic instruments. Both are recorded and amplified – literally and metaphorically – by Lanois’ signature soundscapes that loop vocals, and enhance the guitars’ bass notes through distortion boxes, synthesizers and other electronics.” – Los Angeles Times

The eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, the Neville Brothers and many others.

Young has since followed up the album release with Le Noise: The Film, a 38-minute movie featuring live-in-studio performances of each of the album’s tracks.

Watch now!

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