Paul McCartney, legendary singer/songwriter and 14-time GRAMMY winner
(as well as Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Award
recipient), will be honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year at
its 22nd annual benefit gala, it was announced today by Neil Portnow,
President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and
Scott Pascucci, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from
the dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week on
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, two days prior to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards —
will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music
people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal
need. For ticket information, contact MusiCares at 310.392.3777.
legendary performer is being honored as the MusiCares Person of the
Year in recognition of his singular creative accomplishments as well as
his charitable work, which has included an extraordinary range of
philanthropic activities over the years.
exemplifies the phrase 'artist/philanthropist,' and his extraordinary
career is certainly a testament to the multifaceted power of his
creative genius," said Portnow. "The unique talent, dedication and
spontaneity he brings to his projects and live performances are
unsurpassed, but are equaled by the impressive generosity and commitment
he consistently devotes to a range of important charitable causes."
immediately brings to mind artistic excellence and passion for causes
that are dear to him," said Pascucci. "It is very inspiring that one of
music's true icons makes philanthropy such a force in his life."
been given a great gift — a life making music — and it's my privilege
to try to make the world a better place by giving back," said McCartney.
"For more than 20 years, MusiCares has helped so many music people in
times of crisis — whether with emergency financial assistance or access
to addiction recovery resources — and it is an honor to be recognized as
the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year."
The 2012 MusiCares Person
of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction
offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP
experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests.
The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award
presentation and a star-studded tribute concert. The MusiCares Person
of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held
during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 54th Annual
GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. The telecast
will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
McCartney has been directing the tide of musical history since writing
his first song at the age of 14. He changed the world of music forever
with the Beatles, whose legendary albums include Abbey Road, Revolver, Help!, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Beatles
("The White Album"). McCartney has continued to push boundaries over
the last 30 years, first as a solo artist, then with Wings (with albums
such as Band On The Run and Wings At The Speed Of Sound) and following that as a solo artist again, with recent highlights including 2007's Memory Almost Full.
In 2008 he received high critical acclaim as part of the Fireman, a
collaborative project with revered producer Youth, and their Electric Arguments album, which topped Billboard's Independent Albums chart. McCartney is also an accomplished award-winning classical composer. His classical album, Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart),
was released in September 2006 and won the Album of the Year Award at
the 2007 Classic BRIT Awards, while his first ever ballet, Ocean's Kingdom,
will be performed for the first time by the New York City Ballet on
Sept. 22, with the release of its score following in October.
many distinctions include a special award for Outstanding Contribution
to Music at the 2008 BRIT Awards, an MTV Icon Award, multiple GRAMMY
Awards, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, GQ's Man of the Year, and
an honorary doctorate of music from Yale University, among others. As he
received his diploma, Yale President Richard C. Levin told him, "Your
songs awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll, and
rhythm and blues. We admire your musical genius and your generous
support of worthy causes." He is a freeman of the City of Liverpool and
lead patron of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. McCartney
was appointed fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1995 by the Prince
Of Wales, and in 1996 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his
services to music. McCartney is also committed to a number of animal
rights and humanitarian charities. He has also participated in several
significant benefit concerts, including Live Aid in 1985, the Concert
for New York City in 2001 and Live 8 in 2005.
Equally renowned as
a live performer as he is a songwriter, McCartney has spent much of the
last decade performing sold-out concerts to millions of people all over
the world, winning rave reviews along the way. Standout moments in 2003
included his performance to more than 500,000 people outside the
Colosseum in Rome and his first show in Red Square, Moscow. In 2004 he
gave the Glastonbury Festival its most legendary moment to date, and
2005 saw him making history again as he performed live to the
International Space Station to wake up NASA astronauts. McCartney
performed a string of secret and surprise gigs in intimate venues in
London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris throughout 2007.
McCartney performed a series of special event concerts. He started by
headlining the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield Stadium, and then gave
the Ukraine its largest-ever outdoor music event in Kiev with more than
400,000 people lining the street to watch his Independence Concert. He
found time to join Billy Joel onstage for the Last Play at Shea show in
July, marking the last concert at New York's famous Shea Stadium, and
then travelled to the city of Quebec for yet another huge
headline-making event as he performed to 300,000 people in the city's
national park, the Plains of Abraham, to help celebrate Quebec's 400th
anniversary. In September McCartney played his Friendship First concert
in Tel Aviv, marking his first visit to Israel since the Beatles were
banned from performing there at the height of Beatlemania in the '60s.
In October McCartney announced a special eight-date European tour in
December, titled Good Evening Europe. The tour began in Hamburg,
Germany, a place that McCartney originally visited with the Beatles
almost 50 years before, putting it on the map as a musical mecca. The
tour came to a memorable finale at the O2 arena in London, his only UK
show of 2009.
Good Evening New York City. McCartney
kicked off 2009 by teaming with Dave Grohl to perform "I Saw Her
Standing There" at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, where he was nominated
for two awards, adding to his lifetime total of 71 GRAMMY nominations.
McCartney embarked on a five-week tour of the United States, which began
with an inaugural run of shows at New York's Citi Field — the site of
the former Shea Stadium where the Beatles made history in 1965 when they
played a concert that set the precedent for the modern-day stadium rock
McCartney's Up And Coming Tour kicked off in March
2010 in Phoenix, featuring 35 shows — including two sold-out dates at
the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Last year also saw many career firsts
for McCartney, including performing at the White House in front of the
President as the first-ever British recipient of the prestigious
Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Paul was joined by a star-studded cast
of musicians who came along to pay tribute, including Elvis Costello,
Grohl and Stevie Wonder. President Obama addressed the assembled VIP
guests and dignitaries in the East Room, telling them that Paul's "gifts
have touched billions of lives" and thanking "the Englishman who shared
his dreams with us." He returned to the White House again in December
to be awarded at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, with the
president joking that McCartney was becoming something of a regular
McCartney's 2011 live agenda began with his first-ever
show in Peru, and two blockbuster shows at Rio de Janeiro's Estádio
Olimpico João Havelange, which also resulted in the first-ever concert
to be broadcast live on the Internet throughout Latin America — allowing
more than 1.5 million online fans tickets to share in the show's magic.
McCartney's current On The Run tour kicked off with New York's music
event of the summer: two historic sold-out July shows at Yankee Stadium
that kept approximately 90,000 fans singing along for nearly three hours
each night and generated possibly the most enthusiastic reviews ever
penned by the local media.
The Recording Academy established the MusiCares® Foundation in 1989,
with a goal to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of
financial, medical or personal crisis. Its primary purpose is to focus
the attention and resources of the music industry on human services
issues that directly impact the health and welfare of music people.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music
people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide
range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is
treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the
resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues
that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, visit www.grammy.org/musicares.