10/15/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon, 59, has been named the 2001 MusiCares Person of the Year by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, its president Michael Greene has announced. The awards ceremony will take place Feb. 19 in Los Angeles. NARAS, which hands out the Grammys (including 16 to Simon), is citing the music star for his extensive charitable work to such organizations as the United Negro College Fund, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the New York Children's Health Project, which Simon co-founded. Past MusiCares honorees have included Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett and Bonnie Raitt, notes Variety.