Among the stars who performed at the event were Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Lynne, The Lumineers, Elle King, George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison, Bob Dylan's son Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Taj Mahal and many more. The event was emceed by Ed Helms.
Tom Petty was honored in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists’ rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.
“Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation. “His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event.”
“I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry,” said Petty. “I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”