Dolly Parton Named 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year

Country legend Dolly Parton has been chosen as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year for her accomplishments, career and otherwise.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Dolly Parton Named 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year
Dolly Parton, Photo courtesy Webster PR

Dolly Parton has led an extraordinary life. The international superstar has garnered millions of fans worldwide through her music and philanthropic efforts. And now she’s receiving yet another accolade: She has been named the  2019 MusiCares Person of the Year.

The Tennessee native will be recognized with a tribute on February 8, 2019, during MusiCares 29th annual benefit gala. Parton was chosen in part because of her creative accomplishments and her longtime support of programs through her Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library.

“Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists—so for us to have the opportunity to honor her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy. “With her legendary talent, she has forged a career that spans decades, and her gifts as a performer resound on both stage and screen. Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs.”

“I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” added Parton. “It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need. I can’t wait to hear all of the great artists singing my music.”

The MusiCares Person of the Year gala is one of the most respected events held during GRAMMY week. The evening begins with a reception and silent auction, followed by a gala dinner. Later, attendees participate in a live auction and enjoy a night of music featuring renowned musicians as a tribute to the honoree. The gala wraps with a special award presentation.

The tribute will take place two days before the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The festivities conclude with the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET.

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy that provides financial, medical and personal help to those in music. For more information about MusiCares, visit