Former president Bill Clinton will always share a bond with the music of Fleetwood Mac, first using the band's Don't Stop as his campaign theme for 1992 presidential run, and hosting several Fleetwood Mac performances during his time in office.
Clinton reunited with the band onstage Friday night to present them with the MusiCares Person of the Year award, with the Grammys-associated charity honoring the group for their creative accomplishments and contributions to charitable causes.
"I did win two Grammys, and I also have a date tonight who won a Grammy herself — Hillary came with me tonight," Clinton said, as the crowd gave Hillary a standing ovation.
Clinton went on to praise the mission of MusiCares, which provides financial and medical assistance to artists in critical need, before thanking Fleetwood Mac for their years of support.
"I want to say how honored I am to honor the band whose famous song Don’t Stop has been played for me more than Hail to the Chief. So I'm here because I have to be, I owe them more than anything, and I wouldn't miss it for the world," Clinton joked, before telling a story about the junior staffer that helped inspire his song choice in 1991.
"June of 1991, I flew to Los Angeles, I was the governor of Arkansas and I was thinking about running for president...and this bright-eyed 19-year-old picked me up to drive me to my speech," he said. "He looked at me and said, ‘You gonna run? I think you should, and if you do, this ought to be your campaign theme song.’ And he flipped a Fleetwood Mac tape in, and played Don’t Stop. And my first reaction wasn't, ‘Oh, that's perfect,’ it was, ‘You weren't alive when this song was made!’ And he said, ‘I know, but this song was made for today.’"
"And it was, and they let me use it as a theme song, and I've been trying to live by it ever sense," he added.
Speaking to USA TODAY on the red carpet, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow explained how Clinton got involved with the night's ceremony.
"We've had some pretty big celebrities involved with MusiCares, and it’s usually about a connection to the charity and a connection to the band," he said. "For the president, it was about the connection to Don’t Stop, which was a campaign song, and the president knows lots of music people and has these relationships, and was very generous enough to come out tonight."