Petty to be feted at Musicares gala
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