Performers revealed for 2023 MusiCares Persons of the Year tribute

Show will feature a variety of entertainers

Grammy Award-winning artists Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Lalah Hathaway, the Isley Brothers, John Legend, Michael McDonald, PJ Morton, Mumford & Sons, Lionel Richie, the Temptations, Trombone Shorty, Grammy Award-winning artist and 2019 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dionne Warwick, current Grammy Award nominees Samara Joy, Molly Tuttle, Sebastián Yatra, previous Grammy Award nominees Jimmie Allen, Chloe x Halle, previous Grammy Award nominee and 2019 Trustees Award recipient Valerie Simpson, previous Grammy Award nominees and 2009 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Four Tops, and singer/songwriter Rita Wilson will perform at the 32nd Annual MusiCares Persons of the Year benefit gala honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson on February 3rd, two days before the Grammy Awards Telecast.

This year’s tribute will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and includes a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert. Performers will pay tribute to the individual musical legacies created by Mr. Gordy and Mr. Robinson as well as the music they created together during their decades-long friendship.

Proceeds from the event will provide essential support for MusiCares, the leading music charity providing music professionals health and human services across a spectrum of needs.

Since 1991, money raised from this gala goes toward MusiCares programs and services that assist the music community, including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief. The safety of the honorees, guests, performers, and staff is our first priority. The event will follow all necessary COVID-19 precautions, safety guidelines and requirements set forth by health officials.

This year’s event would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors, including AEG, ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio, Meta, United Airlines, Wasserman Foundation, and product donations from Grey Goose Vodka, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and FIJI Water.

Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson join a prestigious list of recent MusiCares honorees including Joni Mitchell,Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, and Aerosmith.

The event will again be produced by live event broadcast outfit Lewis & Clark, made up of Joe Lewis and RA Clark. Fellow Detroit native, Greg Phillinganes, will join the special evening as Musical Director.

Tables are available for purchase via the MusiCares website.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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