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U2’s Adam Clayton Receiving MusiCares Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

U2 frontman Bono gets the lion’s share of attention among the four band members followed by guitarist The Edge, but bassist Adam Clayton will get his turn in the spotlight this year.

Clayton has been named the recipient of the 2017 Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for musicians who have recovered from addiction at MusiCares 13th annual MAP Fund Benefit Concert. The show will take place during June in New York, with performers expected to be announced soon.

In a statement, Clayton – who’s openly acknowledged his battles with substance abuse but has been clean for the past 20 years – says that, "MusiCares does such vital work in helping vulnerable people across our industry," said Clayton in a statement. "I know from experience the importance of an accessible, supportive environment in times of need and I'm always happy to do what I can to benefit this important organization. I'm very much looking forward to the event in June."

Recording Academy and MusiCares President Neil Portnow adds that, "Adam is a hero to fans and music creators around the world, and he is also a hero in the world of recovery for his fearless determination to give voice to the issues of addiction that affect—and all too often devastate—our music community."

Clayton and U2 are currently gearing up for its Joshua Tree tour dates in North America and Europe, during which the group will play its landmark 1987 album in its entirety.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.