Aerosmith have been named the MusiCares Person of the Year for 2020, the Recording Academy announced.
Aerosmith will be honored at the 30th anniversary gala and tribute on Jan. 24. Proceeds from the gala will go to MusiCares, which provides financial and other support for music people in times of need.
The gala will include a dinner and silent auction followed by a tribute concert and the Person of the Year award presentation. In addition to honoring the group's musical contributions, the award recognizes their philanthropic efforts, such as Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, which provides support to young women who’ve suffered abuse and neglect.
"MusiCares has been saving lives for 30 years," said Deborah Dugan, president/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy. "The Person of the Year gala is the pinnacle of the essential work that MusiCares is doing year-round, and it’s truly magical in the way that it unites and galvanizes our community and inspires others to take action on their own.”
Dugan continued, "Aerosmith has walked the walk when it comes to raising funds to impact music people in recovery. It is sure to be an amazing evening."
The band added in a statement, "For 30 years the organization has worked to help musicians and people in our industry with addiction recovery, healthcare and more, raising more than $60 million to save countless lives. We are beyond thrilled to celebrate this honor with MusiCares, the Recording Academy / Grammys and our music community at the 30th annual Person of the Year gala – we’re gonna rock and save lives!"
Other recent MusiCares honorees include Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, and Tom Petty.
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