Tom Petty trib­ute set for next year’s Gram­mys

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Foo Fight­ers, Ste­vie Nicks and No­rah Jones will be among the stars hon­our­ing Tom Petty ahead of next year’s Grammy Awards, or­gan­is­ers an­nounced Fri­day.

The Record­ing Acad­emy ear­lier an­nounced that Petty would be 2017’s Musicares Per­son of the Year, feted with a charity con­cert on February 10, two days be­fore the mu­sic in­dus­try’s sig­na­ture award night.

Re­veal­ing the line-up, the acad­emy said that al­ter­na­tive rock kings Foo Fight­ers, jazz singer Jones and Nicks of Fleet­wood Mac fame would per­form at the con­cert, which typ­i­cally fea­tures cov­ers of the hon­oree’s songs.

Other per­form­ers will in­clude Ea­gles found­ing mem­ber Don Hen­ley, folk rock great Jack­son Browne, al­ter­na­tive pop singer Regina Spek­tor and 1980s chart-top­pers The Ban­gles.

Musicares, which raises money for mu­si­cians in need, gen­er­ally tries to show an artist’s in­flu­ence through the breadth of the cover songs.

The 66-year-old Petty, born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, came on the scene in the 1970s with his band The Heart­break­ers.

He gave a mod­ern edge to clas­sic rock style with hits such as “Amer­i­can Girl”, “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin’.”

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