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country music, grunge, rock music, experimental rock, blues, techno, folk rock, country rock, Southern rock, hard rock
country of citizenship: Canada, United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Kelvin High School
occupation: singer, singer-songwriter, film director, musician, guitarist, autobiographer, record producer, actor, songwriter, pianist, film actor
award received: Officer of the Order of Canada, MusiCares Person of the Year, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Juno Award for Album of the Year, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award, Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, Juno Award for Artist of the Year, Grammy Hall of Fame, Canada's Walk of Fame
Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and activist, considered as one of the most influential and prolific songwriters of all time. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others. Young had released two solo albums and three as a member of Buffalo Springfield by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. From his early solo albums and those with his backing band Crazy Horse, Young has recorded a steady stream of studio and live albums, sometimes warring with his recording company along the way.
Young has received several Grammy and Juno awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice: as a solo artist in 1995 and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. In 2000, Rolling Stone named Young the 34th greatest rock 'n roll artist. His guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature tenor singing voice define his long career. He also plays piano and harmonica on many albums, which frequently combine folk, rock, country and other musical styles. His often distorted electric guitar playing, especially with Crazy Horse, earned him the nickname "Godfather of Grunge" and led to his 1995 album Mirror Ball with Pearl Jam. More recently he has been backed by Promise of the Real.
Young directed (or co-directed) films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He also contributed to the soundtracks of the films Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man (1995).
Young has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship. He was awarded the Order of Manitoba on July 14, 2006, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2009. He became a United States citizen, taking dual citizenship on January 22, 2020.
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