Macklemore is to be honored for raising awareness about addiction at the 2019 MusiCares Concert For Recovery.
The Can’t Hold Us singer, who has been open about his struggles with addiction and sobriety, will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, named after the late guitarist, for his ongoing commitment to helping those recovering from addiction.
“Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone, and it takes resources and support to heal,” Macklemore said in a statement. “For me, recovery is a daily priority; without my sobriety everything I care about is at risk. I’m honored to support MusiCares in providing members of the music community who are suffering from addiction with the crucial services and resources they need.”
“In addition to his musical contributions, we’re honoring him for what he has done since the beginning of his career – shine a light on his own struggles with addiction as a beacon of hope for those who suffer. It is a powerful testament to his talent and his generosity of spirit,” said Neil Portnow, President/Chief Executive of The Recording Academy and its charitable arm MusiCares.
The Thrift Shop rapper, real name Ben Haggerty, will also close the charity show with a special performance. The event, which will take place at the The Novo at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on 16 May (19), will be hosted by comedian Joel McHale and feature a special tribute to rapper Mac Miller, who passed away in September (18) at the age of 26 following an accidental drug overdose.
Macklemore checked into rehab in 2008 for drug addiction and alcoholism and suffered a brief relapse in 2011. He has often used his music and his platform to raise awareness about addiction and recovery.