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James Taylor Chosen As 2006 MusicCares Person Of The Year

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

James Taylor will be honored as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year. Chosen for his professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to various philanthropic efforts, Taylor will receive the honor at a gala tribute dinner, concert and silent auction on February 6. The MusiCares tribute dinner is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week, a celebration that culminates with the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8. The telecast will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m./7c from Los Angeles.

"MusiCares and The Recording Academy take great pride in honoring James Taylor as an extraordinary human being, musician and humanitarian who has made a global impact on music and culture," said Neil Portnow, president of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy. "As the quintessential singer/songwriter, he embodies the creative spirit that is the hallmark of our finest and most enduring musical icons. His impact on the music and culture of our era has been enormous, and we welcome this opportunity to pay fitting tribute to a voice that continues to resonate within our community."

"For decades, Taylor has honored us with his powerful lyrics that have inspired songwriters and musicians across generations," said Les Bider, chairman of the MusiCares Foundation. "He's delivered musical experiences that are powerful and timeless, and that's exactly how this year's Person of the Year gala event will be on February 6."

Taylor has remained committed to his philanthropic work throughout the years. Whether protecting the environment via the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he's an active board member, or supporting funding and research for children's health-related issues such as juvenile diabetes, he has remained driven. Whether campaigning for funding for various arts initiatives or calling attention to the needs of those less fortunate, Taylor has done so with a sense of purpose and passion.

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen