Jon Bon Jovi named MusiCares Person of the Year
Jon Bon Jovi has been named the 2024 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The Bon Jovi frontman will be honoured at the 33rd annual Person of the Year benefit gala - which raises money for the music charity - on 2 February at the Los Angeles Convention Centre after being chosen for his "remarkable contributions" to rock and roll, as well as his work for the homeless and those in poverty through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares, said: “MusiCares is thrilled to honor Jon Bon Jovi at the 2024 Person of the Year Gala.
"His remarkable contributions to rock and roll have not only left an indelible mark on the music industry, but also in the hearts of countless fans around the world.
"Furthermore, his long-standing commitment to serving food-insecure and unhoused individuals inspires us all. We’re looking forward to celebrating him and the many ways he has made a difference in this world.”
The 61-year-old rocker is "truly humbled" by the recognition.
He said: “I’m truly humbled to be this year’s MusiCares honoree. MusiCares’ work with music professionals is vitally important in creating much needed support and wellness programs that cultivate a healthier and more vibrant community for us all.
“Philanthropic work has been a cornerstone of my life and has always run in tandem to my music career and achievements.
"Nearly two decades ago when I formed the JBJ Soul Foundation and JBJ Soul Kitchens, I saw firsthand and continue to see today the impact of charitable community-based work. I know this for sure: helping one’s community is helping one’s self.”
The charity gala takes place two days before the Grammy Awards and includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and tribute concert.
Past honourees include Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac and Smokey Robinson.