Paul McCartney is MusiCares Person of the Year
September 13th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Paul McCartney is MusiCares Person of the Year

It's been a pretty good year for Paul McCartney: The Beatles' album "1" rose to the top of iTunes last week (but who's that surprised?), he's set to marry Nancy Shevell, and now he's also been named MusiCares 2012 Person of the Year.

The organization, which is in place to help out musicians in times of financial, medical and/or personal need, hosts a benefit gala ahead of the Grammys. McCartney will be honored at the event, scheduled for February 10, 2012, two days ahead of the 54th Grammy Awards.

The honor is being bestowed for both McCartney's legendary achievements in the music biz and also for his charitable work, a statement from The Recording Academy says.

"Paul McCartney exemplifies the phrase 'artist/philanthropist,' and his extraordinary career is certainly a testament to the multifaceted power of his creative genius," says Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy. "The unique talent, dedication and spontaneity he brings to his projects and live performances are unsurpassed, but are equaled by the impressive generosity and commitment he consistently devotes to a range of important charitable causes."

McCartney, who's involved with a variety of animal rights and humanitarian organizations and has also brought his talent to benefit concerts like Live Aid in 1985 and the Concert for New York City in 2001, says in the statement from The Recording Academy that he's been "given a great gift" with his musical ability, and that it's his "privilege to try to make the world a better place by giving back."

"For more than 20 years, MusiCares has helped so many music people in times of crisis — whether with emergency financial assistance or access to addiction recovery resources — and it is an honor to be recognized as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year," McCartney continued.

The 54th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS February 12 at 8 p.m.

Filed under: Awards Season • Grammys • Music

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  1. Mr. Bean's addict

    Despite his phone being hacked over a car accident over some speed demon this past August, Paul is still rocking... for a vegeterian.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ruth A Mayer-Farella

    Paul McCartney is MusiCares Person of the Year! Wow! God Bless You!

    September 14, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ruth A Mayer-Farella

    Keep it up the good work. Nice songs and music. Best Wishes and Good Luck in the Future. Congratulations! Take care and "smile". ILY = I Love You.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donna

    They don't make them like this anymore

    September 14, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paula Jean Haddan

    Thank )ou for sharing your many gifts and wide range of talent! You do make all the difference and deserve to be recognized!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. george

    You are the one who writes the songs the whole world sings.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Liis

    Paul congrats! Where would I be without the blessing of your music. Your insiration has & always will touch my heart. Best Wishes.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. i love ny

    *claps* good job paul!! you deserve it! awesomeeeee

    September 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. monjack

    Well done Paul! wish I culd be more like u cos I love ur marvelous "give'm help" more blessin!!!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Larry

    You go Paul! Well deserved & all best wishes.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ralph

    Keep Ono out!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lilly Darcy

    For anyone interested in following in Sir Paul’s footsteps and helping MusiCares out, make sure you read about the MusiCares® Music Blogger of the Year Contest. One lucky music writer will be selected to be the only MusiCares® blogger with red carpet credentials at the MusiCares® Person of the Year Event in February 2012!
    This annual event, held during GRAMMY® Week, offers a once-in-a-lifetime line-up of artists celebrating the career and humanitarian spirit of major music legend, Paul McCartney. Former honorees include Bono, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Neil Young, and more. Guest artists perform from the honoree’s repertoire in his or her honor. It’s a once in a life time chance for whomever wins! More information can be found here:

    September 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. johnny gratain

    spot on paul keep up the good work ole boy

    September 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. boocat

    Congrats Paulie!!! FABS RULE!!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Say it ain't so

    Good work paul. With you sharing your gift with the world & making a difference you have made this world a better place & you deserve to be recognized. Congratulations sir Paul.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. gary l weiss

    that is just great very well sir. im out to make a lemon meringue pie for this speacial event. with a 1 foot tall meringue topping really there mate i can do it. my mommy always said you can do any thing gary if you put your mind to it. go paul lets rock.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Brian S.

    What an awesome individual Paul McCartney is! Doing all that he has done and is still grounded and giving back. He is seemingly unaffected by his iconic stardom. How cool is that?? If I was asked 'who I would most like to meet in the world' it would be Paul. That would be the coolest.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. KajinPL

    Good for him. He deservese it. Can we now recognize Ringo for something now? lOl

    September 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Sure! Biggest ego, homeliest and least talented! He announced last year that he would sign no more autographs. He should be grateful that anyone asks him for one! Fans should announce to him, that's fine. We won't buy any more of your music or go to your concerts.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. RedWings

    Humanitarian, animal rights etc. Hey Paul, SHUT UP and play your guitar.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  20. John & George

    Paul, you and Ringo are late for the Beatles reunion,

    September 13, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |

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