This Friday, just two days prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning rocker Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As the 27th recipient of this prestigious annual award, Petty will follow in the footsteps of musical greats like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Carole King—each boasting a robust musical legacy, as well as a long history of charitable work.
Petty is widely celebrated as the creative force behind iconic tunes like “Free Fallin’” and “Don’t Do Me Like That” (both of which you can enjoy on our Tom Petty playlist!). In addition to his enduring musical contributions, throughout his career Petty has dedicated himself to defending artists’ rights and bettering the lives of the homeless population in Los Angeles.
In response to his selection as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, Petty expressed his gratitude, saying, “I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person Of The Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”
The Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, and Norah Jones are some of the many acclaimed artists who will perform at Friday’s star-studded MusiCares concert honoring Tom Petty.