Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, with more than 150 million records sold worldwide. They’ve gone platinum 18 times and have won four Grammy Awards and are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, they’re set to be honoured with yet another Grammy in 2020.
The group, which has more total certifications for record sales than any other American band, will be named the MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy Week in January, the Recording Academy has announced. On Jan. 24, they’ll be honoured with their own gala in which their philanthropic endeavours will be celebrated and recognized.
“Aerosmith has walked the walk when it comes to raising funds to impact music people in recovery,” Deborah Dugan, MusiCares and the Recording Academy’s President and CEO, said in a statement. “It is sure to be an amazing evening.”
Aerosmith supports many charities, including human rights-based Amnesty International and the Rape Foundation. Frontman Steven Tyler also runs Janie’s Fund, an organization that helps young women and girls who have been abused and neglected. All donations to Janie’s Fund go to programs working to end child sexual abuse and expand services for those who have experienced it, along with supporting research on brains and how trauma at an early age affects neuropsychology.
MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy in 1989 as a way to provide critical and confidential services to those in the industry when they are in need.
Aerosmith took to Instagram to post about how thrilled they were to receive the award.
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We are so honored to officially announce that we are the 2020 @MusiCares #PersonoftheYear! For 30 years the organization has worked to help musicians and people in our industry with addiction recovery, healthcare and more, raising more than $60 million to save countless lives. We are beyond thrilled to celebrate this honor with MusiCares, the @RecordingAcademy and our music community at the 30th annual Person of the Year gala – we’re gonna rock and save lives! Follow @MusiCares for more details leading up to the #GRAMMYWeek celebration on January 24, 2020!
“For 30 years the organization has worked to help musicians and people in the industry with addiction recovery, healthcare and more, raising more than $60 million to save countless lives,” the band wrote. “We are beyond thrilled to celebrate this honor with MusiCares, the @RecordingAcademy and our music community at the 30 th annual Person of the Year gala – we’re gonna rock and save lives!”
This year’s Grammy Awards telecast will be broadcast on CBS at 8pm ET/5 pm PT on Jan. 26.