Recording Academy and MusiCares President/CEO Neil Portnow announced today that Parton will be the honoree at 29th annual benefit gala. Proceeds from the event will provide essential support for MusiCares, a charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The tribute will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8, 2019, two nights prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.
“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. ” Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs.”
“I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” said Parton. “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 recognized by the Recording Academy in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With this latest honor, the country music icon earns the distinction of becoming the first artist from the Nashville music community to be honored at the annual GRAMMY Week gala benefiting music people in need.
“I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving to be the first MusiCares Person of the Year representing the Nashville music community,” says Parton’s manager, Danny Nozell, CEO, CTK Management. “It’s been a privilege to witness her generous heart firsthand for the last 14 years.”
The MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week and includes a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive selection of one-of-a-kind items for bidding guests followed by a dinner and tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists paying tribute to Parton’s music and legacy.