ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 01: Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith attend Day 2 of Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena on February 1, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest)
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Aerosmith will be honored with 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year award before the Grammys

Aerosmith will receive the honors of 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year at the 30th annual ceremony held two nights before the Grammy Awards.

The band will be recognized for its philanthropic efforts, notably singer Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who have suffered from abuse and neglect. In 2017, Tyler opened the first Janie’s House in Douglasville, a residential facility for girls aged 12-18 who have experienced trauma; the house is part of the campus for Youth Villages, the nonprofit organization that helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children. A second Janie’s House opened earlier this year outside of Memphis, Tenn.

Aerosmith is only the second band to be honored by MusiCares (Fleetwood Mac was the first, in 2018, and their ceremony performance turned out to be the last featuring Lindsey Buckingham). 

MusiCares, the foundation of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences that provides health and human services aid – such as emergency financial assistance, medical expenses and treatment for critical illnesses – to members of the music community, typically honors an individual artist for their musical and charitable contributions.

Last year, Dolly Parton received the honor and was feted by a group including Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus and a Trio reunion with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Other recipients include Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Sting, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand.

This year’s event will take place on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles; the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Jan. 26. 

Aerosmith announced the honor during a performance of their Las Vegas residency, “Deuces are Wild.” 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.