Brandi Carlile Leads MusiCares Tribute to Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2021
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Joni Mitchell had already been announced as the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2022; now, a host of famous admirers has been announced to pay tribute to her at the annual pre-Grammys concert.

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More than a dozen artists were announced today (March 17) to perform at Joni's Person of the Year ceremony. Brandi Carlile, who performed at Mitchell's Kennedy Center Honors in December, will serve as artistic director of the event alongside jazz pianist Jon Batiste, who's nominated for the most Grammys this year. Additional performers include Beck, St. Vincent, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Herbie Hancock, whose interpretative album River: The Joni Letters took home a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2008. Mike Elizondo, a protegee of rapper Dr. Dre who is nominated for a trophy for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical this year, will serve as musical director. (A line-up featuring some of these performers was previously announced in December; James Taylor and Maggie Rogers since had to pull out, citing scheduling conflicts.)

 

It's been a whirlwind of honors for Mitchell, as the MusiCares citation - awarded to legendary musicians with a history of philanthropy - comes hot off the heels of the aforementioned Kennedy Center Honors. Mitchell has been steadily opening up her archives in a series of box sets; the most recent, issued last fall, covered rare and unreleased material surrounding her first four albums, including the 1971 landmark Blue.

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The ceremony will take place on April 1, two days before the Grammys; highlights traditionally air on television at a later date.

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