Grammy-winning artists Fleetwood Mac have been selected to receive the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year award and will be honored during a special tribute on Friday, January 26, 2018. The group was selected based on “their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.”
“It’s a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award,” stated Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. “Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters, and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares’ guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition.”
“Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts—the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit’s history that we will honor a band,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy. “This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world.”
The MusiCares special benefit event raises funds to help music artists in “times of financial, medical, and personal need.” The annual gala always takes place during Grammy week, and the 2018 tribute is scheduled for two nights prior to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.