Thursday, May 19, 2005

Cuz Every Girl's Crazy

'Bout a sharp dressed man. Especially, when it's NEIL!
If an elite black-tie awards dinner in Beverly Hills isn't No. 1 on the list of Neil Young's Least Favorite Hangouts, it'd be a lock for the Top 5.

Yet there was the elusive, unpredictable rocker Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel among 800 music industry heavyweights — guest of honor, no less, at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' annual pop music awards.


Still, it's anybody's guess how seriously one of pop music's most mercurial artists would look on an event that honored Joni Mitchell and Ashlee Simpson on the same night.

Young, however, said "I'm speechless" at joining such previous winners as Mitchell, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney. (BMI, the other major U.S. performing rights group, was scheduled to give its top award the next night to Paul Simon.)

Later, Young was anything but, extemporizing a six-minute acceptance speech that started with a long, heartfelt tribute to his wife, Pegi, for sticking through each of his careening career twists and turns during their 27-year marriage.

"A lot of relationships have gone down the tubes at the hands of the muse," he said, looking toward the table where Pegi sat with their children, Amber and Ben, as well as Neil's older son, Zeke, with actress Carrie Snodgress.

Awwwww. I'm all teary-eyed over here.

Congrats, Neil! See you at Bridge.


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