Henley is MusiCares person of year


NEW YORK -- Don Henley will be honored as the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Henley, 59, will receive the award Feb. 9 at a gala dinner and concert in Los Angeles, The Recording Academy and the MusiCares Foundation announced Monday.

The annual gala is among the festivities that will lead up to the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 11 at the Staples Center. The awards show will air on CBS.

Henley, a founding member of the Eagles and a solo artist, was selected for his achievements as a musician and for his philanthropic work benefiting environmental issues and musicians' rights and concerns.

MusiCares, established by The Recording Academy in 1989, provides assistance to individuals in the music industry during times of need.

James Taylor and Brian Wilson are among those who have been previously honored.