Paul McCartney to be honored as 2012 MusiCares "Person of the Year."
The legendary Beatle and singer/songwriter already has 14 Grammy awards to his name but will also receive this years MusiCares Person of the Year at it's 22nd annual benefit gala on Feb.10 2012 during Grammy Week.
The MusiCares event occurs two days prior to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. For those unfamiliar with MusiCares, it's an organization that ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy week and the award itself is given to those individuals with extraordinary singular creative accomplishments as well as charitable work.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation says Paul McCartney is a perfect example of what the "Person of The Year" award truly means.
"Paul McCartney exemplifies the phrase 'artist/philanthropist,' and his extraordinary career is certainly a testament to the multifaceted power of his creative genius," says Portnow.
"I've been given a great gift - a life making music - and it's my privilege to try to make the world a better place by giving back," says McCartney himself, "For more that 20 years, MusiCares has helped so many music people in times of crisis - whether with emergency financial assistance or access to addiction recovery resources - and it is an honor to be recognized as the 2012 MusicCares Person of the Year."
"Paul immediately brings to mind artistic excellence and passion for causes that are dear to him," says Scott Pascucci, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board, "It is very inspiring that one of music's true icons makes philanthropy such a force in his life."
This isn't the only thing McCartney is celebrating. McCartney is set to marry his girlfriend of four years, Nancy Shevell.
A source says the couple is planning a UK wedding in Paul's hometown of Sussex, South East England.
"They will be marrying imminently. They are very excited and almost everything is in place. Friends and family have been put on standby," says the source.
"Nancy would have liked to get married in New York but she knew an English wedding would make Paul happy," adds the insider. So the couple will throw a party in New York at their home in the Hamptons for all their American friends.
"I don't think I've ever seen a couple so besotted with each other."
All you need is love.