Bob Dylan has been named 2015 MusicCares Person of the Year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The Minnesota-born music legend was chosen for the honor because his “body of creative work has contributed to America’s culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways,” said MusiCares CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
A slew of artists—including Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; John Doe; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; John Mellencamp; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; and Neil Young—will help celebrate the award at the 25th annual MusicCares concert dinner on Feb. 6, two days before the Grammys. Past Dylan producer Don Was will be the concert’s musical director.
Event proceeds will benefit MusicCares, a Grammy foundation that gives financial and medical resources to musicians in need. The first MusicCares person of the year, in 1991, was David Crosby. Since then, awardees have included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Luciano Pavarotti.
Bob Dylan is set to perform at Minneapolis’s Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 4-6, the first date coinciding with the release of a mammoth box set of the “complete” Basement Tapes recordings. A new studio album is also expected from Dylan by year’s end, though details have not been announced.
Dylan will be our Local Current Artist of the Month in October; watch for reviews of every Dylan studio album, written by members of the Current staff, throughout October. Also, expect a special day of programming on our Local Current music stream on Nov. 4.
Hailey Colwell is a journalism major at the University of Minnesota and a co-director of Theatre Corrobora.