The Recording Academy announced today at rocker Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year Feb. 8 in Los Angeles as part of the Grammy Awards festivities.
The sold-out tribute in honor of The Boss will benefit MusiCares’ Emergency Financial Assistance And Addiction Recovery Programs.
TV personality Jon Stewart will host the all-star event, which will feature performances by Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young.
Attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and The Recording Academy; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chairman; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chairman Emeritus, according to a news release. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend.
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. The award honors a performer who boasts exceptional artistic achievements as well as philanthropic work.
Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The Feb. 8 benefit concert will take place two days before the Grammy Awards.