Dolly Parton Named 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year

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Dolly Parton is the latest artist named MusiCares Person of the Year. The country singer will be honored at the upcoming 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Feb. 8, 2019, ahead of the upcoming 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The country legend is the first artist from the Nashville music community honored by the organization. She is recognized for her accomplishments and longtime support of charitable organizations including the Imagination Library, which was founded in 1996 and has helped provide more than 100 million books to children throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.

“I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” Dolly says in a statement. “It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can’t wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music.”

The annual ceremony will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center two nights prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. The evening will include a reception and silent auction followed by a tribute concert that aims to highlight Dolly’s music and legacy. The gala and concert will feature well known musicians and other artists performing for the singer as well as an award presentation.

MusiCares was established in 1989 by the Recording Academy to offer health, human services and programs to members of the music community. The organization provides emergency financial assistance in the form of living expenses and medical expenses for those working in the music industry. Past MusiCares Person of the Year recipients include Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Carole King and Bruce Springsteen, among others. Dolly is the first country artist recognized with the annual honor.