Tom Petty Chosen as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

by VVN Music

Tom Petty has been chosen by the Recording Academy as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.

MusiCares, which was established in 1989, is one of the charity arm of the Academy, offering programs and services to members of the music community including emergency funds for basic living and medical expenses.

Petty was chosen "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. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll."

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy said "Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. 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."

Petty said "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. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor."

The previous honorees:
  • 1991 - David Crosby
  • 1992 - Bonnie Raitt
  • 1993 - Natalie Cole
  • 1994 - Gloria Estefan
  • 1995 - Tony Bennett
  • 1996 - Quincy Jones
  • 1997 - Phil Collins
  • 1998 - Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1999 - Stevie Wonder
  • 2000 - Elton John
  • 2001 - Paul Simon
  • 2002 - Billy Joel
  • 2003 - Bono
  • 2004 - Sting
  • 2005 - Brian Wilson
  • 2006 - James Taylor
  • 2007 - Don Henley
  • 2008 - Aretha Franklin
  • 2009 - Neil Diamond
  • 2010 - Neil Young
  • 2011 - Barbra Streisand
  • 2012 - Paul McCartney
  • 2013 - Bruce Springsteen
  • 2014 - Carole King
  • 2015 - Bob Dylan
  • 2016 - Lionel Richie
  • 2017 - Tom Petty




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