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MusiCares Person of the Year

MusiCares Person of the Year
Awarded for artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1991
Last awarded 2015
Official website

The MusiCares Person of the Year is an award presented annually by the MusiCares, established by the academy "to provide health and medical assistance to needy musicians".[3] Chosen by the MusiCares Foundation, award recipients are honored during "Grammy week" (a string of galas just prior to the annual Grammy Awards ceremony)[4] with an "all-star" tribute concert that helps to raise money for the foundation.[5][6]

From 1991 to 1993, the first three MusiCares Person of the Year awards were presented to American musicians David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, and Natalie Cole. Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan received the award in 1994, followed by Americans Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones. Between 1997 and 2004, the award went to British musicians Phil Collins, Sir Elton John, and Sting, Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Americans Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Billy Joel, and Irish musician Bono. A string of Americans were presented the award between 2005 and 2009—Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Don Henley, Aretha Franklin, and Neil Diamond. Canadian Neil Young received the 2010 award while Barbra Streisand, Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen were honored in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Carole King was honored in 2014 and was followed by Bob Dylan. Lionel Richie was named the 2016 honoree.[7]


  • Recipients 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Year Image Recipient Lifetime Nationality Ref.
1991 A man with a mustache and shoulder-length hair wearing jeans and holding a guitar, standing behind a microphone. Crosby, DavidDavid Crosby b. 1941  United States [8]
1992 A woman with red hair wearing black clothing and hoop earrings playing the guitar and singing into a microphone. The American flag appears in the background. Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt b. 1949  United States [9]
1993 A woman wearing earrings, a bracelet and a multi-colored spaghetti strapped dress, with both holds folded over a microphone. Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole b. 1950  United States [10]
1994 The side view of a woman with her eyes closed, singing into a microphone and playing a black guitar. Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan b. 1957  Cuba
 United States
1995 An older man holding a microphone in one hand, his arms held out, smiling and wearing a black suit with a white dress shirt. Bennett, TonyTony Bennett b. 1926  United States [12]
1996 An older man with a white mustache, wearing a black tie, red dress shirt, gray jacket, and a name badge that hangs from a string around his neck. Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones b. 1933  United States [13]
1997 A man with a shaved head wearing black and singing into a microphone. The background contains dotted lighting on a stage. Collins, PhilPhil Collins b. 1951  United Kingdom [14]
1998 A man in a dress coat and white shirt with an open mouth, which is framed by dark facial hair. Pavarotti, LucianoLuciano Pavarotti 1935–2007  Italy [15]
1999 A man smiling, wearing black sunglasses and colorful clothing, behind a microphone. Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder b. 1950  United States [14]
2000 John, EltonElton John b. 1947  United Kingdom [16]
2001 A man behind a microphone holding an acoustic guitar and wearing a yellow shirt and black hat. Simon, PaulPaul Simon b. 1941  United States [17]
2002 A man with a goatee and his eyes closed behind a microphone on a piano, wearing a black shirt and striped jacket. Joel, BillyBilly Joel b. 1949  United States [18]
2003 A man with facial hair wearing a leather jacket, a black shirt, an earring, and tinted glasses with a star along the frame. Bono b. 1960  Ireland [19]
2004 A man with a v-neck, white T-shirt wearing a necklace and bracelet standing behind a microphone, holding a guitar. Sting b. 1951  United Kingdom [20]
2005 Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson b. 1942  United States [21]
2006 A man behind a microphone holding an acoustic guitar, sitting on a stool in the center of a stage, with a light shining down from above. To his sides are an electric guitar on a stand, a side table with a laptop, a bottle, and some additional equipment. Taylor, JamesJames Taylor b. 1948  United States [22]
2007 A man wearing a black tie and white dress shirt with an electric guitar hanging from a strap around his neck. His left arm is raised, with his index finger pointed upwards. In the background is a drum set. Henley, DonDon Henley b. 1947  United States [23]
2008 A woman her mouth open, holding a microphone. She is wearing a gray hat with a large bow, gray gloves, and a gray jacket. In the background is a crowd of people. Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin b. 1942  United States [24]
2009 A man behind a microphone holding a black guitar, wearing a black dress shirt with embellishments. Diamond, NeilNeil Diamond b. 1941  United States [25]
2010 Black and white image of an older man with sideburns wearing a white dress shirt with his sleeves rolled up, holding a guitar. Young, NeilNeil Young b. 1945  Canada [26]
2011 A woman with blond hair, wearing a white dress and jeweled necklace. Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand b. 1942  United States [27]
2012 Paul McCartney Performs in Dublin. McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney b. 1942  United Kingdom [28]
2013 Bruce Springsteen Performs in Spain. Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen b. 1949  United States [29]
2014 Carole King. King, CaroleCarole King b. 1942  United States [30]
2015 Bob Dylan b. 1941  United States [31]
2016 Lionel Richie b. 1949  United States [32]

^[I] Each year is linked to an article about the Grammy Awards ceremony of that year.

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External links

  • Grammy Awards official website
  • MusiCares feature in L.A. Times
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