MusiCares Person of the Year Award and Annual Benefit Gala

Established by the Recording Academy in 1989, the MusiCares Foundation was designed to provide a safety net for music people in times of need, including resources and services covering a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies.

MusiCares' signature gala, Person of the Year, has been a monumental component of the Foundation's efforts. The gala was launched in 1991, honoring David Crosby in New York prior to the 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Taking place each year during GRAMMY Week, the event has continued to grow in size and stature, while the theme has remained constant—to honor a recording artist who has made important contributions to the world of music and demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. To date, the gala has honored an impressive legion of impactful artists, and it has also produced a treasure trove of spirited tribute performances. Most importantly, the Person of the Year gala has raised more than $90 million for the MusiCares' wide range of programs throughout its history while also drawing national attention to the Foundation’s critical life-changing work.

The 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree is Dolly Parton.

Past Honorees

Fleetwood Mac: 2018

Tom Petty: 2017

Lionel Richie: 2016

Bob Dylan: 2015

Carole King: 2014

Bruce Springsteen: 2013

Paul McCartney: 2012

Barbra Streisand: 2011

Neil Young: 2010

Neil Diamond: 2009

Aretha Franklin: 2008

Don Henley: 2007

James Taylor: 2006

Brian Wilson: 2005

Sting: 2004

Bono: 2003

Billy Joel: 2002

Paul Simon: 2001

Elton John: 2000

Stevie Wonder: 1999

Luciano Pavarotti: 1998

Phil Collins: 1997

Quincy Jones: 1996

Tony Bennett: 1995

Gloria Estefan: 1994

Natalie Cole: 1993

Bonnie Raitt: 1992

David Crosby: 1991