The MusiCares Person of the Year award goes to Jon Bon Jovi.
The Recording Academy’s charitable arm recognized the rock legend on Friday for his services to music and charity. Ahead of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, he was acknowledged with a ceremony and memorial concert at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
In addition to being honoured for his founding of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which aims to end homelessness and hunger, Bon Jovi also shared with the public some exciting news about his son Jake Bongiovi’s wedding to Millie Bobby Brown on the red carpet before accepting his award.
Apart from that, the musician mourned over the passing of the “Born to Run” singer’s mother before going on stage to accept his award on Friday night. He did this while paying a heartfelt tribute to his friend Bruce Springsteen’s mother, with whom he also sang a duet of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” that evening.
He said, “My mentor and friend Bruce Springsteen deserves my gratitude”.
“The mother of Bruce and Pam passed away two days ago,” Bon Jovi said. He was already on the plane and headed here when I initially received the news.
He continued, “Though I could understand if he had stated he couldn’t make it, he was hoping to be here for MusiCares this evening. I will always be appreciative to you for allowing him to be here for me today.”
In addition to the impressive roster of musical personalities, Kylie Minogue, Lenny Kravitz, Gayle King, Katherine McPhee, Ted Danson, and Sabrina Carpenter were also present.
In October, it was revealed that the singer of “Livin’ On a Prayer” would be the 2024 MusiCares Person of the Year.
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The former Grammy winner and 11-time overall candidate now stands beside a distinguished group of previous MusiCare Person of the Year winners. Berry Gordy, the creator of Motown Records, and Smokey Robinson got the honour in 2023.
Other musicians who have previously received the acknowledgment include Aerosmith, Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, and Joni Mitchell.