The iconic country star Dolly Parton will receive the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year award, along with a tribute concert with a slew of big-name artists to celebrate her long career.
MusiCares is honoring Parton for her “significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes,” Variety reports. The gala, which will take place two nights before the 61st Grammy Awards, will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on February 10, 2019.
Previously-announced artists set to perform include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Vince Gill, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, P!nk, Chris Stapleton, Mavis Staples, Mark Ronson, and Don Henley. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have just been confirmed as additional performers, with more guests to be announced soon. Parton will also take the stage, closing the show.
“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,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy, said in a statement.
“With her legendary talent, she has forged a career that spans decades, and her gifts as a performer resound on both stage and screen. 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.”
Parton, an eight-time Grammy winner, is the first artist from the Nashville music community to receive an award from MusiCares. She is being recognized for her work with the Dollywood Foundation, which has provided more than 100 million books to children around the globe. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity; MusiCares has provided more than $6.5 million to 8,600 people within the music industry over the last fiscal year.