Joni Mitchell to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammys week

The socially conscious, achingly romantic catalog of Joni Mitchell will be celebrated next year when the legendary songstress is honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year in January.

The annual event, held two nights before the Grammy Awards, will return to an in-person celebration on Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Mitchell, an eight-time Grammy winner and 16-time nominee, will be recognized for “not only her iconic music and lyrics, but for her trailblazing spirit and the inspiration she’s brought to so many artists,” said Laura Segura, executive director of MusiCares.

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The ceremony will include a tribute concert with artists performing Mitchell’s songs which include some of the most heralded folk-pop offerings in modern music history: “Help Me,” “A Case of You,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “River” among them.

MusiCares is the foundation of the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys, that provides health and human services aid such as emergency financial assistance, medical expenses and treatment for critical illnesses to members of the music community. Since March 2020, the organization also supplied $25 million in COVID-19 relief to music professionals affected by the disruption to the industry.

The 2021 version of MusiCares was bumped to an online fundraiser dubbed Music on a Mission. Artists including BTS, Haim and John Legend performed during the streaming event, which raised an additional $2 million in COVID relief funding that was set to be distributed to 2,000 eligible applicants.  

Joni Mitchell was named Musicares Person of the Year and her music and 'trailblazing spirit' will be honored during the 2022 Grammys week.

"I’m honored to be chosen as person of the year by this great charity,” Mitchell, 77,said in a statement. “I look forward to being part of this gala that will help MusiCares continue their inspired work in providing a support system for those in need.”

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The choice of Mitchell for the 2022 ceremony is especially poignant given her wavering health the past few years. In 2015, the lauded singer-songwriter suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke, but has recovered.

In 2017, Mitchell made a rare public appearance at one of the other marquee events during Grammy week – Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys soiree. In May, she sat down with Davis during his rescheduled virtual “Grammy Gala” to talk about her famous parties and the origin of “Both Sides Now,” among other topics.

Mitchell joins an esteemed list of Person of the Year honorees – most recently Aerosmith, Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty.