Jon Bon Jovi to be honored for humanitarian work

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction and Awards at Marriott Marquis Theater on June 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction and Awards at Marriott Marquis Theater on June 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Jon Bon Jovi speaks onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction and Awards at Marriott Marquis Theater on June 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: (L-R) Jon Bon Jovi, Marty Bandier and Doug Morris attend Songwriters Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction And Awards at Marriott Marquis Theater on June 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Musician Jon Bon Jovi attends the 2014 Kelly Cares Foundation's Irish Eyes Gala at Sheraton Times Square on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Michael Strahan, Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi attend The Robin Hood Foundation's 2014 Benefit at Jacob Javitz Center on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi walks through the lobby of the JBJ Soul Homes during the grand opening, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Bon Jovi attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
FILE - This April 22, 2014 file photo shows musician and humanitarian Jon Bon Jovi during the grand opening of the JBJ Soul Homes in Philadelphia. Jon Bon Jovi will be honored with an award named for an opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.” In announcing the recipient Wednesday, July 23, organizers said Bon Jovi has used his musical success to support groups working to end homelessness and hunger. Bon Jovi will accept the $25,000 award on Nov. 18 at the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Anderson was a celebrated contralto and Philadelphia native who in 1955 became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She died in 1993 at the age of 96. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KELLY CARES FOUNDATION - Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly, right, and his wife Paqui, center, honor Jon Bon Jovi, of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, at the 4th annual Kelly Cares Foundation's Irish Eyes Gala, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Kelly Cares Foundation/AP Images)
Recording artist Jon Bon Jovi, right, with his wife Dorothea Hurley, left, attends the Food Bank of NYC Can Do Awards Benefit Gala on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Jon Bon Jovi performs in concert with his band Bon Jovi on their Because We Can Tour 2013 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Jon Bon Jovi performs in concert with his band Bon Jovi on their Because We Can Tour 2013 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be honored with an award named for an opera singer.

The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way."

In announcing the recipient Wednesday, organizers said Bon Jovi has used his musical success to support groups working to end homelessness and hunger.

Bon Jovi will accept the $25,000 award on Nov. 18 at the city's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Anderson was a celebrated contralto and Philadelphia native who in 1955 became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She died in 1993 at age 96.

Previous winners include actor James Earl Jones, poet Maya Angelou and actress Elizabeth Taylor.

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