The music industry is not always the cash cow that many people think it is. While there are plenty of musicians who are making millions off of their music, there are more musicians who are barely making a living wage sharing their musical talent with the world. Fortunately, the Grammys has created a foundation that is designed to help those musicians who are in need. The MusiCares program was created to help musicians with any type of hardship, from aid for financial difficulties to recovery from drug addictions.
Person of the Year
Each year, the Grammys honors a musician who has made a difference all over the world by giving to charitable organizations or creating them. The MusiCares Person of the Year for 2014 is singer/songwriter Carole King.
Priceless Tickets at High Prices
If you can snag a ticket to the celebratory gala, you will most certainly be in for a treat. The tickets are quite pricy, but the event is one of the major fundraisers for The Grammys MusiCares program. Prices for the tables and tickets range from $100,000 down to $1,500.
The Grammys will present Carole King with a two-day celebration to recognize her volunteer and charity work. She has been an environmental activist since the 1990s where she began working with environmental groups to pass the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. She is also an active Democrat is has campaigned and performed at political events. The party will be full of celebrities and musicians who have enjoyed her work as well as the people who have benefitted from the charitable work she has done.
To celebrate her work, The Grammys will hold a reception, silent auction, dinner, and tribute ceremony over the course of two days before the actual Grammy awards take place. This ceremony is prestigious and draws A-list celebrities who will perform classic Carole King songs. To date, the performers include artists who have won a gaggle of Grammys themselves, like Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, and Steven Tyler. The most exciting artist to perform at the celebration is none other than James Taylor; in the 1970s when Carole King was writing songs that have become a part of the American tapestry of music, it was practically impossible not to mention King and Taylor in the same breath.
Catalog of Unforgettable Music
Carole King has been writing songs for decades and her music has literally worked its way into our memories. Her iconic songs have been played by DJs since 1960 and they are still being played today. For the younger music fans who may not be familiar with Carole King, this is a short list of her most beloved songs:
- The Locomotion
- Pleasant Valley Sunday
- (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
- You’ve Got a Friend
- You Light Up My Life
- It’s Too Late
- I Feel the Earth Move
Previous People of the Year
Over the years, the MusiCares program has honored work done by other incredibly popular musicians, singers, and songwriters. Some of the names include Carole King’s friend James Taylor; Beatles heartthrob Paul McCartney; U2 frontman Bono; powerhouse singers Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Bonnie Raitt, and Luciano Pavarotti.