It’s already been a massive year for Joni Mitchell – and it's a trend that shows no signs of slowing!
As NME reports, it has been announced that the iconic singer-songwriter has been named MusiCares’ 2022 ‘Person Of The Year’.
It’s a prestigious honour bestowed each year to a musical figure in rocognition of their artistic achievements and philanthropy by MusiCares, a charity helmed by The Recording Academy which hosts the Grammy Awards each year. Previous recipients of the award include rock legends Aerosmith in 2020 and country icon Dolly Parton in 2019.
Mitchell will be the focus of a tribute concert taking place during Grammy week in January 2022, with a list of performers yet to be announced.
The news comes after last month’s announcement that Mitchell will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2021 Kennedy Centre Honors, alongside a prominent list of artists, including Motown founder, songwriter, producer, and director Berry Gordy and legendary stage and screen icon Bette Midler. Read more here.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of her landmark 1971 album Blue, which is widely considered among the greatest albums of all time. Mitchell made a rare appearance on social media to reflect on the evolution of appreciation for introspective songwriting over the decades.
"I’m so pleased with all of the positive attention that Blue is receiving these days," she wrote on Twitter. "When it was first released it fell heir to a lot of criticism. So 50 years later people finally get it, and that pleases me. Thank you."
Joni Mitchell | A Case Of You [2021 Remaster]
Additionally, the second instalment in Joni Mitchell’s archive reissues series, Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971), including a 1968 Ottawa coffee house performance recorded by Jimi Hendrix, is arriving on October 29th. Check it out below and pre-order, here.
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