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Dolly Parton will be the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year. The eight-time Grammy winner is the first artist from the Nashville music community to be honored by MusiCares. The 29th annual benefit gala will take place at the L.A. Convention Center on Friday, 2/8, two nights before the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at nearby Staples Center.    

Parton is being recognized not only for her considerable creative accomplishments but also for her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which has provided more than 100m books to children in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. during its 22-year existence.

"Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists—so for us to have the opportunity to honor her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish," said Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow. "With her legendary talent, she has forged a career that spans decades, and her gifts as a performer resound on both stage and screen. Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy, and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs."

“I’m so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” said Parton. ”It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can’t wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music.”

Added her manager, Danny Nozell of CTK Management, “I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving to be the first MusiCares Person of the Year representing the Nashville music community. It’s been a privilege to witness her generous heart firsthand for the last 14 years.”

Proceeds from the event will provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), a charity that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

“With each passing year, the goal of MusiCares remains clear: to do more and serve more music people in need,” said MusiCares’ Board Chair Michael McDonald. “Over the course of our last fiscal year, we provided more than $6.4m to more than 8,500 members of the music industry—the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a single year in our charity’s history. We are confident that our 2019 Person of the Year tribute to Dolly Parton will help us raise the funds that sustain and expand our mission.”

Photo by Kii Arens

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