Petty has been named the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year
Taking place on February 10 2017, the ceremony will mark Foo Fighters first performance since announcing their hiatus in November 2015 – the band briefly reformed for a charity event last month.
Other acts confirmed to perform include Stevie Nicks, Kings of Leon, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Jeff Lynne, and Randy Newman, with additional acts still to be announced. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will act as the finale of the evening.
Musicares stated that Petty is being honored “in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists’ rights and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles.”
“Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees and the musical community around this special event.”
“I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry,” said Petty. “I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”