Country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has earned the right to be honored as the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Person Of The Year at the annual event during Grammy week scheduled for early next year. Originally announced back in September, Parton will be honored by music industry executives, in addition to her artistic colleagues, when the MusiCares Gala takes place on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles leading up to the 61st Annual Grammy Awards a few nights later. According to the announcement shared by the Recording Academy earlier this week, artists including Norah Jones, Mark Ronson, Chris Stapleton, P!nk and more will also be on hand to perform and pay tribute to Parton’s philanthropic efforts, which have made her a beloved and inspiring figure across the entertainment spectrum.
Other notable artists who will be on hand to perform at the upcoming event include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle and Shawn Mendes, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. As customary with the event, Parton will also take the stage to perform some of her classic country hits, although the announcement didn’t detail whether or not she would be playing alone or alongside the other artists in attendance.
"I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” Parton added in a statement in regards to the lineup of performers for the 2019 event. “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."
Surprisingly, Parton will be the first artist from Nashville’s country-heavy music community to be given the "Person of the Year" honor in the organization’s 29 years of giving out the award, which is given to musicians who have not only found commercial success in the pop realm of the industry, but have also put a focus on their philanthropic efforts to give back. Recent honorees include Fleetwood Mac in 2018, as well as Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Carole King and Bruce Springsteen. Chris Stapleton was actually on hand to help honor Richie during his own ceremony back in 2016.
Fans can tune into the 61st Grammy Awards when they return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.