.

James Taylor Honored at MusiCares

Singer-songwriter to be subject of Grammy week celebration

October 20, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Singer-songwriter James Taylor will be honored as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6th, during Grammy week. A concert -- featuring special guests yet to be announced -- gala dinner and auction will pay tribute to the Grammy-winning artist for both his musical career and commitment to philanthropic causes, particularly the environment and children's health issues.

North Carolina native Taylor has sold 35 million albums -- such as 1970's Sweet Baby James and 1997's Grammy-winning Hourglass -- since the late Sixties and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson was 2005's Person of the Year, in part for his dedicated support of cancer research. Previous honorees include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel and Elton John.

Established by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1989, MusiCares assists people in the music industry with healthcare needs. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Recording Academy and MusiCares have committed $1 million in aid for musicians who were affected.

The MusiCares ceremony will come shortly before the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles on February 8th.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com