On Jan. 24, Aerosmith will be honored as the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year during The Recording Academy’s 30th-anniversary benefit gala. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be honored for their philanthropic achievements and join an elite group of past award recipients that includes Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan and Carole King. Always a Grammy Week highlight, the annual reception will include a silent auction and tribute concert with performances by Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Alice Cooper, Jonas Brothers and others. The honor is fitting, as this year marks the group’s 50th anniversary as a band, and the second year of its Deuces Are Wild residency, which will continue at Las Vegas’ MGM Park Theater through June, followed by an arena/stadium tour of Europe. The residency, which grossed $45 million in 2019, is just a fraction of the band’s total live haul of $524.3 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Among the songs on the residency’s set list is “Janie’s Got a Gun,” a 1990 anthem for trauma and abuse victims co-written by frontman Steven Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton that reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 18 weeks on the chart. The hit appeared on the band’s 10th studio album, 1989’s Pump, which is tied as the group’s top-selling studio set, with RIAA-certified sales of 7 million in the United States. In 1991, the socially conscious track earned the band its first Grammy for best rock performance by a duo or group.
Tyler spent nine months crafting the lyrics, which were inspired by his own experience in a recovery program in the ’80s, where he heard a story of a woman who had battled addiction after being abused by her father.