Joni Mitchell will receive MusiCares' Person of the Year honors in 2022, it was announced yesterday (Aug. 25).
The award, presented annually by The Recording Academy's charitable arm, goes to musicians known for both their artistic achievements and commitment to charity. Joni's former collaborator David Crosby was the first honoree in 1991, with Phil Collins, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith having received the award through the years.
It's Joni's second major award in the foreseeable future; she'll receive the Kennedy Center Honors at the end of 2021.
Though sidelined from recording and touring by health problems, Mitchell has been active in blessing the Joni Mitchell Archives, an ongoing project highlighting released and unreleased music from across her career. In 2021, The Reprise Years (1968-1971) collected her first four studio albums; the forthcoming Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) collects five discs of unreleased material from the same time period.