The Recording Academy is honoring a ‘true pillar of strength.’ Country music legend Dolly Parton will be honored next year as the 2019 MusiCares…
The Recording Academy is honoring a ‘true pillar of strength.’
Country music legend Dolly Parton will be honored next year as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, according to the charity’s founder, the Recording Academy .
MusiCares was created in 1989 to assist people in the music industry in times of need. The organization offers confidential, emergency help for financial, medical, and personal issues. MusiCares is funded by donations, and volunteers provide services to the music community.
The week before the Grammy Awards, MusiCares celebrates its Person of the Year at a special benefit gala. The honoree is chosen not only because of their contributions to the world on a musical level, but also because of their humanitarian and philanthropic achievements.
In 2018, Fleetwood Mac was honored by MusiCares. Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Gloria Estefan have previously been named Person of the Year by the organization.
Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares, announced on Tuesday, September 5, that Parton will be the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year. The “Jolene” singer is the first country music artist to receive the honor.
“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,” said Portnow, who cited her contributions to causes such as natural disasters, education, and literacy as just some of the ways she gives back.
We’re thrilled to announce that eight-time GRAMMY winner @DollyParton will be honored as our 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year on Feb. 8,2019! pic.twitter.com/gn8W0jgP1J
— MusiCares (@MusiCares) September 4,2018
“I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” said the bubbly and blonde 72-year-old. “It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can’t wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music.”
Parton was previously honored by the Recording Academy in 2011 with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, February 8,2019. The night includes a reception, silent auction, dinner, and a tribute concert featuring renowned artists performing Parton’s biggest hits.
Been pickin’ and grinnin’ my whole life and I don’t have plans to quit now!????
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Parton also has a deal with Netflix for an anthology series that will feature eight episodes, each one based on one of her popular songs, according to Deadline. She will executive produce, star on, and serve as a singer and songwriter for the series.