By Marissa G. Muller
Fifty-some years into his career, Bob Dylan is still racking up awards. His most recent accolade? MusiCares Person of the Year, bestowed on him by the Recording Academy.
Even though the award was just announced, the songwriter won’t be officially honored for it until Feb. 6 at a gala held a couple of days before next year’s GRAMMYs. It will likely be worth the wait, though, as at that event, Dylan, along with all of the other attendees, will be treated to performances by a myriad of popular artists.
Among them: Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe.
At least, in the meantime Dylan has received some high praise. MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow told The Hollywood Reporter that the artist’s “body of creative work has contributed to America’s culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways.”
Added MusiCares Foundation board chair Bill Silva: “Bob Dylan’s songwriting ability is unmatched, and it will be an extraordinary evening to hear his work showcased by such a remarkable group of artists.”
Proceeds of the gala where Dylan will be honored will go towards MusiCares, an organization that helps musicians in need with medical support and financial assistance.