Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Rolling Stones Don’t Want to Be Honored by MusiCares for their Humanitarian Work


Scratch the Rolling Stones as MusiCares’ Person of the Year. Mick, Keith, Ronnie, and Charlie et al have declined the chance to be honored for their humanitarian or charitable work. Sources tell me that as the Stones have scooped up hundreds of millions for their 50th anniversary tour, they’re not interested in seeing fellow stars sing their songs next February in tribute to them at the record industry’s most prestigious event.

Well, humbug to them. There are plenty of stars who’d be honored to be honored by MusiCares, my favorite annual charity. So far Persons of the Year have included Sting, Bono, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and David Crosby.

The names I hear bandied about include, of course, Bob Dylan, plus Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Garth Brooks, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of The Who, Led Zeppelin, Smokey Robinson, and so on. Madonna could be honored for her work with Kabbalah (that would be a weird night). Seriously: why not a Berry Gordy tribute to Motown? Or a memorial celebration of Michael Jackson with Diana Ross? Or what about Diana Ross herself? Or Lionel Richie?

I’m told the Stones turn down didn’t leave MusiCares “shattered.” They’ll get “satisfaction” elsewhere, believe me. MusiCares is bigger than the Rolling Stones. It helps hundreds of musicians with financial and life problems, many of whom have no health insurance or are in trouble after years of entertaining us.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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