Fleetwood Mac is the first band to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. The group joins the list of MusiCares Person of the Year honorees Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbara Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
The celebration of Fleetwood Mac’s extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work helps to bring awareness to real life issues that plague artists on a daily basis. The MUSICARES FOUNDATION offers health and human service programs to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, car payments, medical expenses and treatments for critical illnesses, as well as educational workshops covering a variety of subjects on financial, legal, medical, substance and abuse issues. MusiCares offers recovery support through Safe Harbor Room and MusiCares Sober Touring Network.
President Bill Clinton presented the award at this 28th annual Person of the Year tribute which raised over $7 million to provide essential support for MusiCares to ensure music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
The Red Carpet was a-buzz with walkers Stevie Nicks, Jared Leto, Juanes, Keith Urban, Lisa Loeb, Little Big Town, Portugal. The Man, Brandi Carlile, Paul Williams, Kenny Aranoff, Erich Bergen, and Michael McDonald among others.
(Multi-GRAMMY Award-winner and one-fifth of the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and MusiCares Chairman Michael McDonald)
(4-time GRAMMY Award-winner Keith Urban and 2-time GRAMMY Award-winner and 23-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winner Juanes)
(GRAMMY Award-nominated Brandi Carlile and GRAMMY Award-winner Lisa Loeb)
(GRAMMY Award-winner Portugal. The Man and Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook of 3-time GRAMMY Award-winner Little Big Town)
(3-time GRAMMY Award-winner Paul Williams and World Class Drummer and Influential Keynote Speaker Kenny Aranoff)
(Star of Madame Secretary and Jersey Boys Actor Erich Bergen and Best Supporting Actor Academy Award-winner and member of Thirty Seconds To Mars Jared Leto)
(Dan Reynolds, lead singer of GRAMMY Award-winner Imagine Dragons...'thunder'ed across the red carpet)
It was a huge night for music, with additional performances by Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, and Harry Styles. The evening was directed by three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Producer Don Was.
MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Though the generosity of donors and volunteer professionals, dedicated teams work across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.
All 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Honoring Fleetwood Mac photos are photo credit Elizabeth Lauer