On Friday, February 6, MusiCares honored Bob Dylan as its Person of the Year. The gala in Los Angeles featured a host of music greats, among them, Sir Tom and Mr. Springsteen. This story is from USA Today.
LOS ANGELES — Bob Dylan received heaps of accolades Friday as he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. But former President Jimmy Carter offered perhaps the greatest praise.
“There’s no doubt that his words of peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than any president of the United States,” Carter said, as he introduced the singer.
Carter also noted that he and his wife, Rosalynn, both love Dylan’s recently released Shadows in the Night, a collection of standards.
Before Carter’s introduction, Dylan received a musical tribute from the likes of Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt and many others, accompanied by a band led by Don Was.
Dylan curated the musical performances, hand-picking many of the acts and requesting specific songs of them.
Beck began with a version of Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat that had plenty of teeth. Willie Nelson and the band vamped at length on Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) because Nelson had trouble reading the lyrics in the monitor. John Mellencamp recast Highway 61 Revisited as a slow, haunting piano blues, getting whoops of approval from the black-tie crowd in the process.
A pompadoured Jack White put his icky thump on “One More Cup of Coffee,” while Tom Jones gave a stately performance of “What Good Am I?” Crosby, Stills & Nash harmonized on Girl From the North Country.”