Carole King Named MusiCares Person of the Year

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Carole King Named MusiCares Person of the Year (1)

Singer-songwriter Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year for her successful career spanning six decades.

The Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammy Awards, said Thursday that King’s charitable and philanthropic work also contributed to the tribute. President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation Neil Portnow said: “Her contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions.”

The 71-year-old King was responsible for classic hits like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Sweet Seasons.” She co-wrote her first No. 1 hit at age 17 and was the first female solo artist to sell more than 10 million copies of a single album with the 1971 multiple Grammy award winning “Tapestry.”

Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and James Taylor will perform at the gala in Los Angeles on January 24.

Photos by: Nikki Nelson/WENN.com

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