The three artists have been selected to represent country music during the 26th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, and will each cover one of Richie’s biggest career hits.
This year, the Recording Academy and MusiCares chose the 66-year-old to be honored for his “significant creative accomplishments as well as his career-spanning charitable work, which has included support for an impressive range of causes over the years, ranging from AIDS and human rights to famine, poverty, human trafficking and women’s issues.”
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the event, which will also feature appearances by Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Ellie Goulding, Dave Grohl, Rihanna, Florence Welch, Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Demi Lovato, the Roots, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.
All proceeds raised from the event will go toward MusiCares, an organization that provides critical assistance to musicians during financial, medical and personal emergencies.
The 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony will be held Feb. 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event is part of a week-long celebration that precedes the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at the Staples Center on Feb. 15.