<a title="Photo Gallery: MusiCares Honors Bruce Springsteen" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2013/02/09/musicares-honors-bruce-springsteen/" target="_blank"><strong>Photo Gallery: MusiCares Honors Bruce Springsteen</strong></a>By Suzanne Marques

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Bruce Springsteen was honored as MusiCares person of the year on Friday evening in downtown Los Angeles.

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CBS2’s Suzanne Marques reports that the gala at the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center drew some of music’s biggest stars to pay tribute to Springsteen.

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The night kicked off with a performance of “Atlantic City” by Alabama Shakes.

“He’s just a great guy. I think he’s one of those artists that come along very very seldomly. It is an artist that sorta speaks to everybody and gives everybody a voice. He in a lot of ways becomes a social consciousness,” said Tim McGraw.

The Associated Press reported that a signed Fender electric guitar was auctioned of by Springsteen for $250,000 with proceeds going toward the music charity. The 63-year-old rock ‘n’ roll legend reportedly included guitar lessons, concert tickets and backstage passes to sweeten the deal.

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The MusiCares Person of the Year award has traditionally been bestowed upon music’s best and brightest who have given back. Last year, Sir Paul McCartney received the award.

Suzanne Marques