Neil Young, a Canadian born multidimensional singer, songwriter, and musician is widely considered one of the most influential and inspirational musicians of the past half century. His versatile musical output over the years has brought his international acclaim, and his talents as a performer with vocals, harmonica, piano keyboards, banjo, ukulele, and guitar have received global recognition. Neil Young has been acclaimed by Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time at the rank of 26 and placed #85 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The list of recognitions and awards is long, and well-deserved.
Neil Young's influence on a variety of musical artists, such as Sonic Youth, Phish, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Thom Yorke, Dave Matthews, and the Bluetones. Neil Young's influence on the grunge genre, (the Seattle sound of distorted guitar, angst ridden lyrics, and stripped down live performances) has blessed with Neil Young with the title of "The Godfather of Grunge".
However, the career and life story of Neil Young is so varied, his huge contributions to the musical industry in a variety of genres, and his involvement in environmental, childhood illnesses, and political causes so immense that he has been recognized in many venues.
In 2011, Young was the recipient of the Juno Award for Artist of the Year. He also received the award for Adult Alternative Artist of the Year, and in that year received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Neil Young sits on the board of directors for Farm Aid, an annual benefit concert that is held yearly to raise money for families of farmers. In 2011, he became the recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song with his recording, "Angry World" and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
Neil Young is also a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was first inducted as a solo artist in 1995, and then in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
Neil Young, the young Canadian boy, who started out with his high regard for Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, and Johnny Cash, has followed his own muse throughout decade's long musical career to the betterment of us all.