Tom Petty Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year

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first_imgEvery year, the Grammy Foundation hosts a gala benefit for their charity outreach program, MusiCares, ahead of the awards ceremony. The program honors one musician each year as “Person Of The Year”, and this year that honor went to the Heartbreaker himself, Tom Petty.The benefit included performances of Petty’s music from a number of renowned musicians, including The Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr., Don Henley, Jackson Browne, The Head and the Heart, and George Strait. Petty also performed with his band, The Heartbreakers, who welcomed up Jeff Lynne (ELO), Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison), Stevie Nicks and The Bangles at varying times during their performance.It had been two years since Petty performed with the Heartbreakers, but that changed last night as the band gears up for some major tour plans in 2017. Petty also gave a moving speech, talking about getting advise from Johnny Cash, Leon Russell, and more. You can watch Petty’s speech below.The night also generated $8.5 million for MusiCares, their largest benefit yet. Keep on doing great work, MusiCares![H/T WRAL / Photo via AP]last_img

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