The band was tapped for the accolade – which is bestowed two nights before the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles – because of their considerable philanthropic efforts, notably singer Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who have suffered from abuse and neglect. In 2017, Tyler opened the first Janie’s House in Douglasville, a residential facility for girls aged 12-18 who have experienced trauma; the house is part of the campus for Youth Villages, the nonprofit organization that helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children. A second Janie’s House opened earlier this year outside of Memphis, Tenn.
Aerosmith will be celebrated on the 30th anniversary of MusiCares, which was founded by the Recording Academy to provide artists and musicians in need with financial and medical resources.
Aerosmith is only the second band to attain the honor. Fleetwood Mac was the first, in 2018, and their ceremony performance turned out to be the last featuring Lindsey Buckingham. Other previous recipients include Ton Bennett, Bono, Tom Petty, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, Elton John and Quincy Jones.
Aerosmith announced that they would receive the distinction during a fall performance of their Las Vegas residency, “Deuces are Wild.”
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