Several current and former GRAMMY nominees, winners and stars, musical and otherwise, walked the red carpet into one of the most exciting events in music Friday night. MusiCares, a foundation serving the needs of struggling musicians in need, honored Paul McCartney for his musical and philanthropic achievements throughout his life. Several renowned musicians such as Coldplay, Katy Perry, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, James Taylor, Neil Young and many more covered some of McCartney's many hits at his honorary dinner. On the red carpet, many stars stopped to tell us why music is an important element of a young person's development. Many agreed that it teaches values such as discipline, creativity and dedication.
An incredible amount of people at the Person Of The Year gala said they were influenced by Paul McCartney's music over the years. On many instances, stars such as Tom Hanks said their favorite songs of Paul's were his less popular songs and his B-sides. Tons of musicians walking the red carpet recalled their first musical memory of The Beatles' as magical and unforgettable.
In addition to having legendary Beatles' tunes covered, such as Katy Perry's moving acoustic performance of "Hey Jude", artists also covered songs by McCartney's later group, Wings. At the performance last night, McCartney performed two brand new songs off of his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" featuring pianist Diana Krall. "My Valentine" was the first new song performed last night which he dedicated to his wife, Nancy Shevell. His final song featured an amazing series of fading guitar solos between Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Paul McCartney and his guitarist, Rusty Anderson.
Between the excitement at the red carpet, the world renowned performers at the gala, and the 6.5 million dollars raised for MusiCares, Person Of The Year has continued its tradition of being one of the most exciting annual events in music.
Kevin Burke is a GRAMMY Camp music journalism student who was selected to cover GRAMMY Week 2012 as part of the GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session media team. To find out more about GRAMMY Camp and to apply for this summer, go to GRAMMYintheschools.com. Deadline is March 31, 2012.