Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves & More Added To MusiCares Person Of The Year Lineup To Honor Dolly Parton
As the excitement continues to build for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, the Recording Academy is hard at work preparing another stellar lineup of events for GRAMMY Week. The latest announcement sees several more all-star performers added to the already star-studded lineup for the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year event honoring GRAMMY-winning country icon Dolly Parton. On Nov. 29 MusiCares announced GRAMMY winners Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples, along with GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry will be joining the tribute concert to honor Parton's astonishing musical legacy.
#ICYMI: @leonbridges, @Lauren_Daigle, @norahjones, @ShawnMendes, @pink, @MarkRonson, and @ChrisStapleton will be performing in honor of @DollyParton at @MusiCares Person of the Year February 8!https://t.co/sng1bVJqhQ
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) November 20, 2018
Gill, Henley, Musgraves, Nelson, Staples and Perry will join the lineup of previously announced artists in performing songs from Parton's impressive musical catalog; they are GRAMMY winners Norah Jones, P!nk, Mark Ronson and Chris Stapleton, GRAMMY nominees Leon Bridges and Lauren Daigle, and singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes, with even more artists to be announced leading up to the exciting event. The honoree will be closing out the program with a special performance as well, with GRAMMY-nominated musician Greg Phillinganes serving as the musical director for the evening.
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Dolly was announced as the 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year back in September, chosen for her unparalleled contributions to country music and a multitude of charitable causes, including the children's literacy organization she started in 1995, Imagination Library, with which she has donated over 100 million books to kids around the world.
"Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists—so for us to have the opportunity to honor her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said. "Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs."
The proceeds from MusiCares annual Person of the Year gala, which will mark its 29th year in February, go directly to the charitable organization to continue their much-needed work helping music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. Their work helps musicians in need receive access to health programs, including addiction recovery support, emergency financial assistance, educational workshops and more. During the last fiscal year, MusiCares provided more than $6.5 million dollars to approximately 8,600 members of the music industry—the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a year by the organization. The annual event not only celebrates outstanding musicians like Parton, but allows the charity to continue its work to help keep the music community healthy and thriving.
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