Paul McCartney, Musicares Person Of The Year

Paul McCartney, Musicares Person Of The Year

Paul McCartney, legendary singer/songwriter and 14-time GRAMMY®
winner (as well as Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement and Trustees
Award recipient), will be honored as the 2012 MusiCares® Person of
the Year at its 22nd annual benefit gala, it was announced today by
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The
Recording Academy®, and Scott Pascucci, Chair of the MusiCares
Foundation Board. Proceeds from the dinner and concert — to be
held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, two
days prior to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide
essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have
a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

The legendary performer is being honored as the MusiCares
Person of the Year in recognition of his singular creative
accomplishments as well as his charitable work, which has included an
extraordinary range of philanthropic activities over the years.

"Paul McCartney exemplifies the phrase
'artist/philanthropist,' and his extraordinary career is certainly a
testament to the multifaceted power of his creative genius," said
Portnow. "The unique talent, dedication, and spontaneity he
brings to his projects and live performances are unsurpassed, but are
equaled by the impressive generosity and commitment he consistently
devotes to a range of important charitable causes."

"Paul immediately brings to mind artistic excellence and
passion for causes that are dear to him," said Pascucci. "It
is very inspiring that one of music's true icons makes philanthropy
such a force in his life."

"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," said Paul. "For more than 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 MusiCares Person of the Year."

The 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a
reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled
selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity
memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will
be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a star-studded
tribute concert. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is
one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The
celebration culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES
Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. The telecast will be broadcast live
on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  For more
information regarding the tribute ceremony, please e-mail musicares@grammy.com

Paul has been directing the tide of musical history since
writing his first song at the age of 14. He changed the world of music
forever with the Beatles, whose legendary albums of course include:
Abbey Road, Revolver, Help!, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and
The Beatles ("The White Album"). McCartney has continued to
push boundaries over the last 30 years, first as a solo artist, then
with Wings (with albums such as Band On The Run and Wings At The Speed
Of Sound) and following that as a solo artist again, with recent
highlights including 2007's Memory Almost Full. In 2008 he received
high critical acclaim as part of the Fireman, a collaborative project
with revered producer Youth, and their Electric Arguments album, which
topped Billboard's Independent Albums chart. McCartney is also an
accomplished award-winning classical composer. His classical album,
Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart), was released in September 2006 and
won the Album of the Year Award at the 2007 Classic BRIT Awards, while
his first ever ballet, Ocean's Kingdom, will be performed for the
first time by the New York City Ballet on September 22, 2011 with the
release of its score following in October of 2011.

Paul's many distinctions include a special award for
Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 2008 BRIT Awards, and an
honorary doctorate of music from Yale University, an MTV Icon Award,
multiple GRAMMY Awards, the Gershwin Prize For Popular Song, GQ Man of
the Year... the list goes on. As he received his diploma, Yale
President Richard C. Levin told him, "Your songs awakened a
generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll, and rhythm and
blues. We admire your musical genius and your generous support of
worthy causes." He is a freeman of the City of Liverpool and lead
patron of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. McCartney was
appointed fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1995 by the Prince
Of Wales, and in 1996 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his
services to music. McCartney is also committed to a number of animal
rights and humanitarian charities. He has also participated in several
significant benefit concerts, including Live Aid in 1985, the Concert
for New York City in 2001 and Live 8 in 2005.
 
Equally renowned as a live performer as he is a songwriter, Paul has
spent much of the last decade performing sold-out concerts to millions
of people all over the world, winning rave reviews along the way.
Standout moments in 2003 included his performance to more than 500,000
people outside the Colosseum in Rome and his first show in Red Square,
Moscow. In 2004 he gave the Glastonbury Festival its most legendary
moment to date, and 2005 saw him making history again as he performed
live to the International Space Station to wake up NASA astronauts.
Paul performed a string of secret and surprise gigs in intimate venues
in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris throughout 2007.

In 2008 Paul performed a series of special event concerts. He
started by headlining the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield Stadium,
and then gave the Ukraine its largest-ever outdoor music event in Kiev
with more than 400,000 people lining the street to watch his
Independence Concert. He found time to join Billy Joel on stage for
the Last Play at Shea show in July, marking the last concert at New
York's famous Shea Stadium, then travelled to the city of Quebec for
yet another huge headline-making event as he performed to 300,000
people in the city's national park, the Plains of Abraham, to help
celebrate Quebec's 400th anniversary. In September Paul played his
Friendship First concert in Tel Aviv, marking his first visit to
Israel since the Beatles were banned from performing there at the
height of Beatlemania in the '60s.

Paul kicked off 2009 by teaming with Dave Grohl to perform
"I Saw Her Standing There" at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards,
where he was nominated for two awards, adding to his lifetime total of
71 GRAMMY nominations. McCartney embarked on a five-week tour of the
United States, which began with an inaugural run of shows at New
York's Citi Field — the site of the former Shea Stadium where
the Beatles made history in 1965 when they played a concert that set
the precedent for the modern-day stadium rock show. These shows were
immortalized on a special CD/DVD package, Good Evening New York City.
In October McCartney announced a special eight-date European tour in
December, titled Good Evening Europe. The tour began in Hamburg,
Germany, a place that McCartney originally visited with the Beatles
almost 50 years before, putting it on the map as a musical mecca. The
tour came to a memorable finale at the O2 arena in London, his only UK
show of 2009.

Paul's Up And Coming Tour kicked off in March 2010 in Phoenix,
featuring 35 shows — including two sold-out dates at the
Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Last year also saw many career firsts
for McCartney, including performing at the White House in front of the
President as the first-ever British recipient of the prestigious
Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. McCartney was joined by a star
studded cast of musicians who came along to pay tribute including
Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and Stevie Wonder. President Obama
addressed the assembled VIP guests and dignitaries in the East Room,
telling them that McCartney’s "gifts have touched billions
of lives" and thanking "the Englishman who shared his dreams
with us." He returned to the White House again in December to be
awarded at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, with even the
President joking that McCartney was becoming something of a regular there.

Paul's 2011 live agenda began with his first-ever show in
Peru, and two blockbuster shows at Rio de Janeiro's Estádio
Olimpico João Havelange, which also resulted in the first-ever
concert to be broadcast live on the Internet throughout Latin America
— allowing more than 1.5 million online fans to share in the
show's magic. McCartney's current On The Run tour kicked off with New
York's music event of the summer: two historic sold-out July shows at
Yankee Stadium that kept approximately 90,000 fans singing along for
nearly three hours each night and generated possibly the most
enthusiastic reviews ever penned by the local media.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares
provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times
of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of
financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated
with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the
resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues
that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
For more information, please visitwww.musicares.org

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