Fleetwood Mac Selected to Be The Music Academy's 2018 MusiCares "Person" of the Year

by VVN Music

For the first time in its 26 years of presenting the award, the Recording Academy has selected a group to be their "Person" of the Year.

Fleetwood Mac will be honored on Friday, January 26, 2018 with the prestigious award that recognizes their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.

Neil Portnow, President & CEO of the Academy said "Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts—the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit's history that we will honor a band. This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world."

Mick Fleetwood spoke for the band. "It's a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award. Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters, and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares' guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition."

The night of the MusiCares gala traditionally includes a dinner, silent auction and a tribute concert featuring many different artists performing the music of the honored guest.

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
  • 2018 - Fleetwood Mac






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