Fleetwood Mac to Be Honored as MusiCares Person of the Year
Fleetwood Mac are set to become the next MusiCares Person of the Year recipient. The band will accept the honor during a tribute slated for January 26, 2018 – two days prior to the 60th annual Grammy Awards. The honor comes “in recognition of [Fleetwood Mac’s] significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes.” Among those causes is MusiCares, an organization that assists members of the music community in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy, made the announcement, stating: “Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts — the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit’s history that we will honor a band. This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world.”
Previous recipients of the honor include Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bono, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Simon, Sting, and Brian Wilson. Following the announcement, Mick Fleetwood issued a statement on behalf of all members of Fleetwood Mac.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award,” he said. “Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters, and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares’ guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition.”