LOS ANGELES–Grammy winner Dolly Parton will be honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes.
Grammy winners Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, and Mavis Staples; and Grammy nominee Linda Perry will join the performance lineup at the tribute concert honoring Parton on Feb. 8.
Previously announced performers include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Mark Ronson, and Chris Stapleton. Grammy winner Dolly Parton will close the evening’s performances. Greg Phillinganes will be the musical director.
Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 29th year—provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org),a charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
Attendees will include Neil Portnow, president and CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy; Michael McDonald, chair of MusiCares; Alexandra Patsavas, chair emeritus of MusiCares; and John Branca, honorary chair of MusiCares.
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week. The Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception, along with a silent auction sponsored by Delta Airlines—the official airline of Person of the Year, will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG; a live auction; a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists; and the award presentation.
Over the course of the last fiscal year, MusiCares provided more than $6.5 million dollars to approximately 8,600 members of the music industry—the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a single year in the charity’s history. Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares offers health and human services and programs to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, car payments and medical expenses.
Grammy Week culminates with the 61st annual Grammy Awards, Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 5 p.m.