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Brian Wilson to Receive MusiCares Award

Los Angeles – Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson has been named the 2005 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. Wilson, 62, will receive the honor at a tribute dinner, concert and auction Feb. 11 in Los Angeles, the academy said Tuesday.

A slate of performers who will pay tribute to Wilson will be announced in January. The gala is part of a weeklong festival leading up to the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented by the academy Feb. 13.

The songwriter was selected for his accomplishments as a musician and for his philanthropic efforts benefiting research to cure cancer and other ailments.

Wilson, his two younger brothers, Dennis and Carl, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, formed the Beach Boys in 1961, who wrote hits like “I Get Around” and “California Girls.”

MusiCares, established by the academy in 1989, provides assistance to musicians and others in times of need.

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