By: Troy Frisby
Proving that it’s never “too late” to be recognized, Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year.
According to the official release, the iconic singer will be honored on January 24, 2014 for both her musical contributions and her philanthropic work.
Aside from releasing one of the bestselling and most critically acclaimed albums of all-time with Tapestry, and writing countless hits for other artists, King is active in political and environmental work, primarily in supporting forest ecosystem protection.
The MusiCares Foundation’s Neil Portnow expressed his excitement at naming the “I Feel the Earth Move” singer as their latest honoree.
“Her contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions,” Portnow said in the release. “We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening.”
A number of performers who will pay tribute to King have been announced, including James Taylor, Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, Bette Midler and the Dixie Chicks.
Proceeds from the event held in King’s honor will support MusiCares, an organization which “ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.”
Established in 1991, past honorees have included Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Elton John, Neil Young, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, among others.
The MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony is held during Grammy Week each year, leading into the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26.