Lionel Richie was honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special gala celebrating his music accomplishments as well as his career-spanning charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 26th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Performances at the event included Yolanda Adams, Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz,Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Rihanna, the Roots, Usher, Pharrell Williams,Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Corrine Bailey Rae, Little Big Town, Leon Bridges, Luke Bryan, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Chris Stapleton and Florence Welch.
Late night television personality Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event.The 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala began with a cocktail reception and silent auction that offered a selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction wa followed by a gala dinner and a star-studded tribute concertsponsored in part by STAPLES Center. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The MusiCares Foundation offered programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshopscovering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings.
The event was a huge success breaking a record for making the most money in the history of MusiCares Person of the Year Gala.
Other attendees at the event included Quincy Jones, Paul Anka, Berry Gordy, David Cosby, David Foster, Desmond Child, Ashanti to name a few.’
I spoke with Desmond Child on the red carpet before the event. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about Lionel Richie music and more.