Tom Petty’s storied career will add another landmark award when he’s named the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The award recognizes musicians for their contribution to the music industry alongside their philanthropic work. The award is presented by The Recording Academy, the same organization that distributes The Grammys.
A statement from The Recording Academy read,
“Petty is being honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year 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. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.”
Petty said in a statement,
“I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry.”