Wyclef Jean has been named Artist of the Year by America's prestigious Harvard University. The former Fugees star will be presented with an award for his contribution to music and his philanthropic efforts at the Massachusetts institution's Cultural Rhythms ceremony on Saturday.

Jean has been tirelessly campaigning and fundraising to help Haiti after an earthquake devastated the country last month - and the Harvard Foundation director, S. Allen Counter, has praised the musician's determination to aid relief efforts in his homeland.

He says, "His contributions to music and distinguished history of creativity have been appreciated by people throughout the world. He is admired worldwide for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the people of Haiti."

Previous recipients of the award include Will Smith, Sharon Stone, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry.