Hard rock legends Aerosmith have been chosen as the MusiCares Person of the Year for 2020, the Recording Academy announced on Friday. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members technically let the cat out of the bag during their Las Vegas residency on Thursday night, with frontman Steven Tyler declaring “let the music community live on and let the music do the talking” during their set at the Park MGM.
The 30th anniversary gala and tribute will take place on Jan. 24, two days before the 62nd Grammy Awards take over the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As always, proceeds for the bash will go to MusiCares, which provides financial and other support for music people in times of need.
Following a dinner, the Boston band, whose hits include "Walk This Way," "Crazy" and "Love In an Elevator," will be honored with a tribute concert featuring well-known musicians and other artists and, finally, the Person of the Year award presentation. The group has a long history of supporting charitable organizations, most notably Tyler’s Janie’s Fund initiative, which supports vulnerable girls and young women who have survived abuse and neglect.