King is being honored for her "extraordinary creative accomplishments as well as her significant charitable work, which has included an impressive range of philanthropic activities over the years. In addition to her continuously evolving musical career, King is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of forest ecosystem protection as well as a range of political causes."
Among the artists who will perform in King's honor during the gala are the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jason Mraz, James Taylor and Steven Tyler. Music industry veterans Lou Adler, Martin Bandier and Rob Light, along with artist James Taylor, are tribute chairs. Composer and arranger Robbie Kondor will be the evening's musical director.
Read more about Beautiful: The Carole King Musical here. Based on King's life and music, Beautiful will first play a Sept. 24-Oct. 20 out-of-town premiere engagement at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. A Broadway run will follow, beginning Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
King's hits are numerous. She has penned such songs as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Natural Woman," "I Feel the Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "The Loco-Motion," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Up on the Roof," "I'm Into Something Good" and "You've Got a Friend."
Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute provide support for MusiCares, which "ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need."
For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, phone Dana Tomarken at MusiCares at (310) 392-3777.