MusiCares hosts an annual benefit honoring one legendary artist every Friday before the Grammy Awards, but the charitable organization decided to switch things up and honor a band, rather than a single person, for the first time in history.
There were a lot of powerful performances and speeches throughout the night, which raised $7 million for charity, but it was these three performances and two speeches that really left a lasting impression.
Stevie Nicks' Emotional Speech to Tom Petty
Stevie Nicks paid a tribute to the late Tom Petty shortly after she and her Fleetwood Mac bandmates accepted an award for the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year.
"The loss of Tom Petty has just about broken my heart," she said on stage. "He was not only a good man to go down the rive with as Johnny Cash said, but he was a great father and a great friend. He was one of my best friends. My heart will never get over this."
Nicks continued to explain that Petty's daughter Adria flew out to New York on Friday to join her for the special night.
"He did the MusiCares thing last year and he spent a lot of time after that night talking about how important it was to him and maybe he was talking about it because Tom was ill," she said. "He was not well and he fought his way through that tour. He should have canceled. He should have just gone home and go to the hospital. But not Tom. He was going to do down that river."
"God bless him," she added fighting back tears. "He finished his tour at the Hollywood Bowl -- three shows -- and one week later he died, but he got down that river."
Petty passed away in October after going into cardiac arrest.