Thomas “Tom” Earl Petty is a popular American musician, known for his album-oriented, classicist rock ‘n’ roll. A prolific songwriter, he has also produced numerous hit singles, such as “American Girl”, “Free Fallin’”, “Into the Great Wide Open” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, most of which remain heavily played on mainstream radio.
Petty has been honored with 17 Grammy Award nominations since 1981. In that year he received his first nomination for “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. At a 1994 ceremony, Petty was presented with the Video Vanguard Award, citing his longtime contributions to the field. As a songwriter, he was acknowledged in May 1996 with the prestigious Golden Note Award from ASCAP. In April 1996, he received UCLA’s George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. In 2002 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1999 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that acknowledges both their musical achievements and their humanitarian involvement with such organizations as Greenpeace, the National Veteran’s Foundation, USA Harvest, Rock And Wrap It Up and AmFAR.