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 significant 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 multitude of iconic artists, and it has also been a host to a treasure trove of spirited tribute performances. Most importantly, the Person of the Year gala has raised close to $97 million for MusiCares' wide range of programs, while drawing national attention to the charity's critical, life-changing work.

The 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree is Dolly Parton.  For tickets and information, contact

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Photo:  Rob Hoffman

With more than 100 million records sold, eight GRAMMY wins, and 47 nominations, Dolly Parton is one of the most influential artists of all time. Parton's rise to stardom began with her 1977 studio album, Here You Come Again, which was her first to hit the Top 20 on the Billboard 200. The album featured hits such as the title track, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Two Doors Down" (No. 19). At the 21st GRAMMYs, Parton won her first career GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for "Here You Come Again." She made her GRAMMY stage debut at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards in 2001, performing "Travelin' Prayer." Parton's "9 To 5," the title song to the 1980 blockbuster film of the same name, won two GRAMMYs. The song was also nominated for an original song Oscar. Two of Parton's songs, "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You," have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. She received the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Currently, Parton is preparing for the Nov. 30 release of the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville (Sony Music). 

Launched in 1995, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world by mailing more than 100 million books to nearly 1.3 million children in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career for her artistry and philanthropy. Most recently, she was honored on Aug. 11, 2018, when Leadership Tennessee presented her with the first ever Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award for her selfless work to improve lives across Tennessee.

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