Petty to be feted at Mu­si­cares gala

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TOM PETTY, the heart­land rocker be­hind hits such as Amer­i­can Girl, will be hon­oured at a gala ahead of next year’s Grammy Awards, it was an­nounced re­cently.

The Record­ing Academy, which or­gan­ises the mu­sic in­dus­try’s big­gest night, named Petty ( above) as 2017’s Mu­si­cares Per­son of the Year to be feted in a con­cert on Feb 10, two days be­fore the awards.

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, the 65year-old came onto the scene in the 1970s with his band The Heart­break­ers, mod­ernising a clas­sic rock style with hits such as Amer­i­can Girl, I Won’t Back Down and Free Fallin’.

“Tom burst into our mu­si­cal con­scious­ness and never let go,” Record­ing Academy pres­i­dent Neil Port­now said in a state­ment.

“His brand of rock and roll ben­e­fits from a cel­e­bra­tory re­bel­lious­ness, in­fec­tious rhythms and un­for­get­table lyrics that are in­cised in our imag­i­na­tions.”

Mu­si­cares raises money for mu­si­cians in need. The Mu­si­cares gala made un­ex­pected news in 2015 as rock leg­end Bob Dy­lan, who in re­cent years has rarely given in­ter­views, de­liv­ered a lengthy ad­dress about his ca­reer.

Be­sides his mu­sic, Petty is well-known for his ad­vo­cacy for greater con­trol by artistes and has re­peat­edly ac­cused record la­bels of greed.

The three-time Grammy win­ner was in­ducted in June into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, where he called mu­sic “much more im­por­tant than money”. – AFP

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