Jon Bon Jovi was titled as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, February 2, 2024.
As reported by PEOPLE, the rock artist was honored by the Recording Academy’s philanthropic organization for his contributions to music and philanthropy.
An entire ceremony and a tribute concert were held in his honor ahead of Sunday's upcoming 66th Annual Grammy Awards.
The artist was recognized for his efforts in founding the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, an organization with the goal to alleviate hunger and homelessness.
On the red carpet, ahead of his award acceptance, the musician also gave fans an exciting insight into his son, Jake Bongiovi's upcoming wedding to Millie Bobby Brown.
He told PEOPLE exclusively that he would “definitely” be performing at the couple’s wedding, who got engaged in April 2023.
During his acceptance speech on Friday night, the rock star first paid an emotional tribute to his friend, Bruce Springsteen, with whom he also performed a duet of Who Says You Can’t Go Home.
"I want to thank my friend and my mentor Bruce Springsteen. Bruce and Pam's mom passed two days ago," Bon Jovi said.
Expressing his gratitude for Springsteen, he continued, "When I first got the news, he was already on the airplane on his way here. I certainly would've understood if he'd said that he couldn't make it, but he wanted to be here tonight for MusiCares. He wanted to be here tonight for me, and I'm forever grateful to you."
"I have to give a shout-out to a past recipient of this award, Sir Paul McCartney, but I think it's fair to say that the reason most, if not all of us, are in this room tonight, it's because of you, so thank you very much for being beautiful," Jovi further stated, as he honoured the musical legend, McCartney.
Further thanking everyone for supporting him, Jovi stated, "Everything that I've accomplished, with or without the band, or in my philanthropic life, has had the support of my family, my friends, band mates, collaborators, and an army of willing, who've been ready to take my dreams and make them a reality.”
"Music moves us. It moves us when we're happy, and it comforts us when we're sad. It brings us together, and when we may not have much else in common, there is still that common thread that is the song," the singer added as he concluded his speech on the universality of music.