Bob Dylan Tribute Concert Enlists Neil Young, Beck, Black Keys and More
UPDATE: Former President Jimmy Carter will present Dylan with the MusiCares Person of the Year Award. Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Alanis Morissette, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have all been announced as additional performers for the celebration.
The Recording Academy has named Bob Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. The influential singer-songwriter will be honored at a special ceremony two days before the Grammys on February 6th.
As with Carole King‘s ceremony earlier this year, a wide array of popular artists will honor Dylan with performances. Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe are all slated to appear. Don Was will serve as the evening’s musical director and more performers have yet to be announced.
Dylan will be the 25th recipient of the award from the organization, which provides assistance to musicians and music-industry people in times of need, whether a person’s emergencies are of a financial, medical or personal nature.
“In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honoring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America’s culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways,” Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, said in a statement.
“Bob Dylan’s songwriting ability is unmatched, and it will be an extraordinary evening to hear his work showcased by such a remarkable group of artists,” Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board, also said.
Previous MusiCares Person of the Year recipients over the past 10 years include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, James Taylor, Brian Wilson and Sting.
Prior to the MusiCares gala, Dylan will be touring the U.S. on a 31-date fall tour. Additionally, Dylan’s cover of the Beatles‘ “Things We Said Today” will come out on the Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney on November 18th.
Dylan is also issuing The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, which collects all 138 tracks he recorded during his legendary sessions with the Band in 1967, and a collection of lyrics he wrote but didn’t write music for in those same sessions will come out as Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. A collective of musicians, including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James and even Johnny Depp added music to the lyrics for the record, which is due out November 11th.