Person of the Year


Los Angeles


MusiCares Foundation


The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute is an annual concert gala honoring the life and work of music's most respected and revered artists. For their commitment not only to the craft of music, but to those who make it, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, and James Taylor are among those who have been honored with a Person of the Year Award.

The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Award was presented to the multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, singer, and great American poet, Tom Petty. The record-breaking tribute helped raise more than $8.5 million for the MusiCares Foundation—which provides medical, financial, and addiction recovery services to those in the music community.


2017 Tribute to Tom Petty

Featuring Performances By

Foo Fighters

The Head and the Heart

The Shelters

Cage the Elephant

Randy Newman

The Lumineers

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

Dhani Harrison

Stevie Nicks

Lucinda Williams

Taj Mahal

Don Henley

George Strait

Elle King

Norah Jones

Benmont Tench

Regina Spektor

Jackson Browne

Gary Clark Jr.

Jakob Dylan

Jeff Lynne

The Bangles

Ed Helms



Past Honorees

Lionel Richie

Featuring Performances By

Stevie Wonder

Pharrell Williams

The Band Perry

Luke Bryan

The Roots

Florence Welch

Yolanda Adams

John Legend

Dave Grohl

Leon Bridges

Tori Kelly

Corinne Bailey Rae

Gary Clark Jr.

Chris Stapleton


Little Big Town

Lenny Kravitz


Demi Lovato

Ellie Goulding

Jimmy Kimmel

Bob Dylan

Featuring Performances By

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Jackson Browne

John Doe

Eddie Vedder

John Mellencamp

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi

Neil Young

Jack White

Tom Jones

Bonnie Raitt

Willie Nelson

Sheryl Crow


Norah Jones

Alanis Morissette

Aaron Neville

Bruce Springsteen

President Jimmy Carter

Carole King

Featuring Performances By

James Taylor

Jason Mraz

Zac Brown

Sara Bareilles

Raining Jane


Gloria Estefan



Lady Gaga

Steven Tyler

LeAnn Rimes


Jakob Dylan and Louise Goffin

Judith Hill

Merry Clayton

Lisa Fischer

Kacey Musgraves

Darlene Love

Jesse & Joy

Alicia Keys

Amy Grant

Jennifer Nettles

Martina McBride

Miranda Lambert

Leah McFall

Jimmy Kimmel

Bruce Springsteen

Featuring Performances By

Alabama Shakes

Elton John

EmmyLou Harris

Jackson Browne

Tom Morello

Jim James


John Legend

Kenny Chesney

Mavis Staples

Zac Brown

Mumford & Sons

Natalie Maines

Ben Harper

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Patti Smith


Tim McGraw

Faith Hill

Ken Casey

Jon Stewart