McCartney named MusiCares Person of the Year

Recording Academy honors former Beatle

Paul McCartney will be honored by the Recording Academy as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year with a tribute dinner and concert on Feb. 10.

The event will fete McCartney for his philanthropic and creative work. Proceeds from the Grammy Week function — which will take place two days prior to the 54rd Grammy Awards ceremony at L.A.’s Staples Center — benefit MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charitable arm.

Recording Academy prexy-CEO Neil Portnow called the ex-Beatle the exemplification of an artist/philanthropist.

“The unique talent, dedication and spontaneity he brings to his projects and live performances are unsurpassed, but are equaled by the impressive generosity and commitment he consistently devotes to a range of important charitable causes,” Portnow said.

In a statement, McCartney said, “I’ve been given a great gift — a life making music — and it’s my privilege to try to make the world a better place by giving back.”

McCartney has received 14 Grammys, among other kudos.

His most recent solo release was 2007’s “Memory Almost Full”; his ballet score “Ocean’s Kingdom” will be issued Oct. 4.