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Tom Petty Named 2017 MusiCares Person Of The Year

Tom Petty will be honored for his charitable work, particularly for the homeless, as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Petty will be celebrated at a ceremony and all-star concert on February 10 in Los Angeles, two days before the 59th annual Grammy Awards; Performers and other participants will be announced in the coming weeks.

In a statement Petty said that, "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."

It's not the first time Petty has been honored for his work outside the music industry; He and his wife Dana received the Midnight Mission Award in 2011, also for their efforts in helping the homeless.

Previous MusiCares Person of the Year recipients include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Don Henley and others.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.