September 13th, 2011
10:31 AM ET
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.
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