Proceeds from the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares. The event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the West Hall.
Performers at the tribute concert included GRAMMY winners Beck; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Alanis Morissette; Willie Nelson; Aaron Neville; Bonnie Raitt; Bruce Springsteen; Susan Tedeschi; Derek Trucks; Jack White; and Neil Young; as well as singer/songwriter Jackson Browne and singer/songwriter John Doe. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter presented the award to Bob Dylan. Three-time GRAMMY-winning producer and recent Emmy winner Don Was was the evening’s musical director.
“I’m proud to be here tonight for MusiCares,” said Bob in his acceptance speech. “I’m honored to have all these artists singing my songs. There’s nothing like that. Great artists. Who all know how to sing the truth, and you can hear it in their voices. I’m proud to be here tonight for MusiCares. I think a lot of this organization. They’ve helped many people. Many musicians who have contributed a lot to our culture.”
Read Bob Dylan’s full acceptance speech here.
The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala began with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction were followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert by renowned musicians. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.