MusiCares Person of the Year

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MusiCares Person of the Year
Awarded forartistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy
CountryUnited States
Presented by MusiCares
First awarded1991
Last awarded2019
Website www.grammy.org/musicares

The MusiCares Person of the Year is an award presented annually by MusiCares (the charity arm of The Recording Academy), the same organization that distributes the Grammy Awards, to commend musicians for their artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy. [1] [2] The award's name reflects the non-profit health care organization known as MusiCares, established by the academy "to provide health and medical assistance to needy musicians". [3] Chosen by the MusiCares Foundation, award recipients are honored during "Grammy week" (a string of galas just prior to the annual Grammy Awards ceremony) [4] with an "all-star" tribute concert that helps to raise money for the foundation. [5] [6]

MusiCares Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1989 and incorporated in 1993 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation's programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing. MusiCares also offers hearing clinics backstage at several major festivals around the U.S. to help musicians protect their ears. Since 1989, MusiCares has distributed more than $48 million to artists in need.

The Recording Academy U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals

The Recording Academy is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awards, which recognize achievements in the music industry.

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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From 1991 to 1993, the first three MusiCares Person of the Year awards were presented to American musicians David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, and Natalie Cole. Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan received the award in 1994, followed by Americans Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones. Between 1997 and 2004, the award went to British musicians Phil Collins, Sir Elton John, and Sting, Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Americans Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Billy Joel, and Irish musician Bono. A string of Americans were presented the award between 2005 and 2009—Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Don Henley, Aretha Franklin, and Neil Diamond. Canadian Neil Young received the 2010 award while Barbra Streisand, Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen were honored in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Carole King was honored in 2014 and was followed by Bob Dylan. Lionel Richie was named the 2016 honoree, [7] followed by Tom Petty in 2017. 2018 honorees Fleetwood Mac became the first group to win the award. In 2019, Dolly Parton became the first country artist to receive the honor. [8]

David Crosby guitarist, singer and songwriter from the United States

David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American singer-songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Bonnie Raitt Blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player from the United States

Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, and activist.

Natalie Cole American singer and songwriter

Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. Cole was the daughter of American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole. She rose to success in the mid-1970s as an R&B singer with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable" (1975), and "Our Love" (1977). She returned as a pop singer on the 1987 album Everlasting and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". In the 1990s, she sang traditional pop by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable... with Love, which sold over seven million copies and won her seven Grammy Awards. She sold over 30 million records worldwide. On December 31, 2015, Cole died at the age of 65 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, due to congestive heart failure.

Recipients

Year [I] ImageRecipientLifetimeNationalityRef.
1991 DavidCrosby06.jpg David Crosby b. 1941United States [9]
1992 Bonnie Raitt at John Edwards presidential campaign.jpg Bonnie Raitt b. 1949United States [10]
1993 Nataliecole2007.jpg Natalie Cole 1950–2015United States [11]
1994 GloriaEstefan.jpg Gloria Estefan b. 1957Cuba
United States
[12]
1995 TonyBennett210-1000.jpg Tony Bennett b. 1926United States [13]
1996 QuincyJones.jpg Quincy Jones b. 1933United States [14]
1997 Phil Collins Duesseldorf.jpg Phil Collins b. 1951United Kingdom [15]
1998 Luciano Pavarotti 15.06.02 cropped.jpg Luciano Pavarotti 1935–2007Italy [16]
1999 Stevie Wonder.jpg Stevie Wonder b. 1950United States [15]
2000 Elton John 2011 Shankbone 2.JPG Elton John b. 1947United Kingdom [17]
2001 Paul Simon 25-07-2008 1.jpg Paul Simon b. 1941United States [18]
2002 BillyJoel.jpg Billy Joel b. 1949United States [19]
2003 Bono at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg Bono b. 1960Ireland [20]
2004 Sting ThePolice 2007.jpg Sting b. 1951United Kingdom [21]
2005 Brian Wilson (7314673472) (tall).jpg Brian Wilson b. 1942United States [22]
2006 JamesTaylor 02.jpg James Taylor b. 1948United States [23]
2007 Don Henley.jpg Don Henley b. 1947United States [24]
2008 Aretha Franklin on January 20, 2009.jpg Aretha Franklin 1942–2018United States [25]
2009 Neil Diamond 2.jpg Neil Diamond b. 1941United States [26]
2010 Neil Young 2008 Firenze 02.jpg Neil Young b. 1945Canada [27]
2011 Barbra Streisand.jpg Barbra Streisand b. 1942United States [28]
2012 Paul McCartney live in Dublin.jpg Paul McCartney b. 1942United Kingdom [29]
2013 Springsteen with Telecaster cropped.jpg Bruce Springsteen b. 1949United States [30]
2014 Carole King 2.jpg Carole King b. 1942United States [31]
2015 Bob Dylan - Azkena Rock Festival 2010 2.jpg Bob Dylan b. 1941United States [32]
2016 Lionel Richie 2012 2.jpg Lionel Richie b. 1949United States [33]
2017 Tom Petty 2.jpg Tom Petty 1950–2017United States [34]
2018 Fleetwood Mac 2009.jpg Fleetwood Mac :
Mick Fleetwood
John McVie
Christine McVie
Lindsey Buckingham
Stevie Nicks
b. 1947
b. 1945
b. 1943
b. 1949
b. 1948
United States
United Kingdom
[35]
2019 Dolly Parton 2011.jpg Dolly Parton b. 1946United States [36]

^[I] Each year is linked to an article about the Annual Grammy Awards ceremony of that year.

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