Joni Mitchell to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 Kennedy Center Honors

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Joni Mitchell to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 Kennedy Center Honors

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Joni Mitchell. Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion.

It has been announced that folk icon, Joni Mitchell is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2021 Kennedy Centre Honors. 

Mitchell is among a prominent list of artists – including Motown founder, songwriter, producer, and director Berry Gordy, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and legendary stage and screen icon Bette Midler – who will be honoured at the live awards ceremony hosted at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in December.

“This year’s Honorees represent the unifying power of the Arts and surely remind us of that which binds us together as human beings,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter in a statement.

“After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on December 5th, feting these extraordinary people and welcoming audiences back to our campus.”

The 44th Kennedy Center Honorees

Last month, Joni Mitchell made a rare appearance on social media, sharing a video in which she reflected on her classic 1971 album, Blue – widely considered among the greatest albums of all time –  on its 50th anniversary. 

“I’m so pleased with all of the positive attention that ‘Blue’ is receiving these days,” Mitchell shared 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.” Watch below. 


The second instalment in Joni Mitchell’s archive reissues series, Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) is due out later this year. Pre-order your copy below! 


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