Van Morrison says he's "honored and delighted" to have been granted the Freedom of Belfast Award -- and will play a free concert in his hometown as part of the celebration.

Morrison says, "Belfast is my home. It is where I first heard the music that influenced and inspired me, it is where I first performed and it is somewhere I have referred back to many times in my songwriting over the past 50 years."

The ceremony and the show will take place in mid-November during the annual Belfast Music Week.