At 48, Neil Young could be the father of many younger rockers. Some call him the "grandfather of grunge."

Now Spin magazine has named him Artist of the Year.Younger's career began in 1967 with the Los Angeles folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield. He later joined Crosby, Stills and Nash and made "Southern Man" a classic.

Young might be an aging hippie, but his music has kept up with the times and earned him the respect of young rockers.

"Right now, everybody thinks I'm great. But I've been there before," Young told Spin. "Being willing to give up success in the short run ensures a long run."