LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — MusiCares announced that Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, two nights prior to the 59th Annual Grammy
Petty is being honored in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles, MusiCares said.
"Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees and the musical community around this special event."
A Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Petty has notched up Grammy wins for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for 1989 for Traveling Wilburys Volume One, a collaboration with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison; Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for 1995 for "You Don't Know How It Feels"; and Best Long Form Music Video for 2008 for the documentary Runnin' Down A Dream. – Staff Writers