Veteran crooner Tony Bennett is to accept a lifetime achievement honor at the 2010 Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards.

The 83-year-old entertainer will be acknowledged for his 60 years in the industry at the gala event, which will benefit the music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins. Previous recipients of the prestigious accolade include Rod Stewart, U2 and Oasis.

Bennett says, "I feel I've joined a very special club. I am a great believer that music can be a powerful healing force and I applaud all the fantastic work that Nordoff-Robbins has implemented over the past 50 years."

The ceremony, to be hosted by Sharon Osbourne, will take place on July 2nd at London's Hilton Hotel.



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