Carole King will join the ranks of Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartneyand Barbra Streisand to be celebrated in January as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. Two nights before the GRAMMY Awards, King will be honored at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles.
On January 24, the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jason Mraz, James Taylor and Steven Tyler will take the stage to perform and honor the singer. Additional artists will be announced in the coming months.
King is being honored for her charitable work. The singer-songwriter is involved with several environmental organizations. She has worked with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies since 1990 as well as other groups in fighting the passage of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
Perhaps best known for her No. 1 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” performed by the Shirelles, King’s songs include “Run To Him,” “Crying In the Rain,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I’m Into Something Good,” among others.
The 71-year-old singer has won four GRAMMY Awards, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and became the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
MusiCares Foundation is an organization which partners with the GRAMMYs to give musicians a place to turn in financial, medical and personal need.
Yesterday (September 18), it was announced that the GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!! will be broadcast live on CBS on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.
– Annie Reuter, Radio.com