Last night the Grammy’s MUSICARES held their Person of the Year Gala honoring Jon Bon Jovi. The GRAMMY-winning and 11-time nominee, front man and founding member of American rock band Bon Jovi, was the honoree of the 33rd annual Person of the Year benefit gala, on February 2nd, 2024, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Proceeds from the event will provide essential support for MusiCares, the leading music charity providing health and human services to music professionals across a spectrum of needs. Our TV Show Host: Margie Rey had a great in-depth interview with Jon Bon Jovi that you can see on this show:It was an incredible All-Star star-studded night that included the GRAMMY-nominated comedian and Host of the show Jim Gaffigan, and presenters: Lenny Kravitz: GRAMMY Award-winning musician Kylie Minogue, who is an award-winning global superstar, won her second GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Dance Recording for “Padam Padam” off Tension, her ninth #1 album in the UK. This is one of three new GRAMMY categories announced by The Recording Academy this year. “Padam Padam” – written by Ina Wroldsen and produced by Lostboy (Griff, Anne-Marie, Tiesto) – encapsulates everything you love about this musical icon.
Gayle King, The owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots: Robert Kraft on the right with TV Producer Steve Taylor. Robert said he has been friend’s with Jon Bon Jovi since 1997 when his team was in the Superbowl, and he met Jon down on the field at the game, and they have been friends ever since:and guests: The Beatles iconic legendary singer: Paul McCartney, with Nancy Shevell:Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, who were both interviewed by our TV Show Host: Margie Rey, and our Entertainment News Reporter: Jacqueline Murphy: Nancy and Paul Pelosi: Nancy is with Josef below:Sabrina Carpenter, Dove Cameron, Rita Wilson, George Clinton, Bebe Rexha, Doug E Fresh, David Foster, Michael Cimion, and Debbie Gibson in the middle with Jacqueline and Fred. Debbie is an Award-Winning singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress when she played “Herself” in many movies and TV shows. She was recognized by ASCAP as Songwriter of the Year, along with Bruce Springsteen, in 1989:
It was a real pleasure to be sitting at a great table right down in front of the stage with Debbie Gibson, as she was so friendly to us all, and introduced herself to each of us, and was also funny- like when she said to us “Hi I am Debbie” – like we wouldn’t know her! It was really a nice experience having dinner with her, and enjoying an amazing show together! However Kylie Minogue came late to our table, and missed the dinner.
Performers at the event included Grammy winners: Bruce Springsteen, who was sitting at the table with his friend and the Honoree for this incredible Gala Event: Jon Bon Jovi: along with The Beatles Legend & Icon: Paul McCartney:and Robert Kraft! So with all these legendary icons all sitting together at the same table, this made it the #1 most epic table anywhere! We were all happy to be part of this historic event in the Music Industry!
Also performing was Grammy winning Country Music Superstar: Shania Twain, and Grammy winners: Melissa Etheridge who our TV Show Host Margie Rey, and Entertainment News Reporter Jacqueline Murphy had an amazing interview with: Jason Isbell, along with GRAMMY nominees Brandy Clark, Damiano David of Måneskin, Goo Goo Dolls: John Rzeznik & Robby Takac in the middle between Jacqueline & Margie, right after their interview with us on the red carpet: Jelly Roll holding Margie’s hand on stage: Larkin Poe, Marcus King up on the stage with his thumb up- holding Margie’s hand: The War And Treaty: Michael & Tanya Trotter, when they were both interviewed by Jacqueline & Margie: Mammoth WVH: Wolfgang Van Halen, when he was interviewed by Jacqueline: Sammy Hagar and his wife in white, when they were both interviewed on the red carpet by Jacqueline & Margie: Monahan and Lainey Wilson, who all gave some incredible live performances, during this once-in-a-lifetime concert!
Jacqueline interviewed Young Dro on the red carpet: and Academy Award Winning Actor Matthew McConaughey gave a recorded message tribute to Jon Bon Jovi on the video screens. Jon Bon Jovi closed out the evening with his iconic hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” alongside the other performers of the gala, that you can see on our show. In the photos you can see Margie & Steve in front of the stage during the big Finale of the show as Jon Bon Jovi waves directly into our camera to say goodbye! The performers paid tribute to Bon Jovi’s legacy and his impact on rock and roll since the 1983 inception of his eponymous band!
This was a once in a lifetime event, with some of the greatest Legends and Icons in the music world, along with some of the younger Superstars all coming together to pay tribute to Jon Bon Jovi, with a 4 hour long concert and gala show that included a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and tribute concert. This was an amazing night that everyone will always remember! On our show you can see great, insightful, and in depth interviews with many of these Music Legends and Superstars as they arrived on the red carpet, along with clips of the singing performances from this once in a lifetime concert! Our TV Show Host Margie Rey, and Entertainment News Reporter Jacqueline Murphy both did an incredible job to draw out the most from these interviews with these celebrities! This was not easy with so many press from all around the world, all in one spot for this incredible event! We want to thanks all of our Producers, Reporters, Camera People, and crew for all their great work before, during, and after the show, and for putting together an amazing story with great interviews, video, and Photos! Everyone had the time of their lives!Jon Bon Jovi joins an impressive list of recent MusiCares honorees including Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, and Dolly Parton. “I’m looking forward to seeing these talented musicians take the stage for the MusiCares gala. I’m honored they are able to be with us for such a wonderful night,” said Jon Bon Jovi Before the show. “Jon Bon Jovi is a rock and roll trailblazer, influencing countless artists over the years. MusiCares is honored to pay tribute to him as our 2024 Person of the Year. Bon Jovi has also lent his life’s work to philanthropic efforts that align with the health and human services mission of MusiCares, forever changing the lives of those in need,” said Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares. “The goal of the Person of the Year gala is to raise funds for MusiCares’ vital services throughout the year and to celebrate the philanthropy and impact of music legends.” In the below photos are Margie & Steve in front of the Stage as “The Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar performs:
MusiCares helps the humans behind music because music gives so much to the world. Offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs, MusiCares is a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community. Founded by the Recording Academy in 1989 as a U.S. based, independent 501(c)(3) charity, MusiCares safeguards the well-being of all music people through direct financial grant programs, networks of support resources, and tailored crisis relief efforts. For more information please visit: www.musicares.org
Since 1991, money raised from this gala has gone toward providing essential support for MusiCares programs and services assisting the music community in times of need, including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventive clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief.
The event would not be possible without support from our sponsors, including AEG, City National Bank, ELS STUDIO 3D Premium Audio, Hilton, Dana and Robert Kraft with The Kraft Group, Meta, Starbucks, and Wasserman Foundation.
“I am so proud of the work our MusiCares team is doing to support artists in need, whether its access to health care, mental health services, or replacing a stolen guitar,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy® and MusiCares. “I can’t wait to celebrate this impactful work, and to honor Jon Bon Jovi, a true music icon, and someone who represents the goodness of our music community.”
Jim Gaffigan is a seven-time GRAMMY Award-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy-winning top touring performer, and multiplatinum-selling recording artist.
Emma McIntyre: Lenny Kravitz, and Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen
Kevin Mazur: Nancy Shevell & Paul McCartney, and Jon Bon Jovi