Dolly Parton has been named the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year and the country icon will be honored with an all-star lineup at an event in Los Angeles in February.
Fellow country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will join a star-studded list of performers that also includes recently announced pop acts Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. The event will be held during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 8.
“Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists—so for us to have the opportunity to honor her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs.”
Previously announced performers include GRAMMY winners Vince Gill, Don Henley, Norah Jones, P!nk, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Mark Ronson, Mavis Staples, and Chris Stapleton. GRAMMY nominees Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle and Linda Perry and multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes will also take the stage to honor the country legend.
Dolly will be on hand to close out the evening with a special performance. Musician Greg Phillinganes will serve as musical director throughout the night.
Dolly’s recognition marks the first time an artist from the Nashville community will be honored with the award. According to a statement, she was chosen for her “unparalleled contributions to country music and a multitude of charitable causes, including the children’s literacy organization she started in 1995, Imagination Library, with which she has donated over 100 million books to kids around the world.”
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