Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac – Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks – becomes the first band to be named the MusiCares Person of the Year. The band has been entertaining audiences for some 50 years.
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Since 1991 the Recording Academy has presented the award to musicians for their creative accomplishments and charitable endeavours.
As a part of the annual Grammy Awards celebration, The Academy will honour Fleetwood Mac on January 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with a gala dinner and tribute concert with legendary artists performing music the honouree made famous. An auction will also be held to raise funds for MusiCares – the Recording Academy charity that aids musicians in time of need.
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow spoke on the band saying, “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.”
Fleetwood Mac founding member Mick Fleetwood spoke on The Academy’s choice saying, it’s a tremendous honour to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award. 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.”
Along with being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fleetwood Mac has earned two Grammy Awards and has seen their album “Rumours” certified with a Diamond Award for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States.
Fleetwood Mac joins previous Person of the Year honourees David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bono, Sting, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Don Henley, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Barbra Streisand, Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie, and Tom Petty.
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