The United States Library of Congress has awarded Joni Mitchell the 2023 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The revered Canadian singer-songwriter will also be honoured with a tribute concert in Washington, D.C., on March 1.
“Joni Mitchell’s music and artistry have left a distinct impression on American culture and internationally, crossing from folk music with a distinctive voice whose songs will stay with us for the ages,” Carla Hayden, the librarian of Congress, said in a statement reported by NPR. “Joni Mitchell’s music has so many artists and music lovers all singing her tunes. We are honoured to present the Gershwin Prize to this musical genius.”
“This is a very prestigious award,” Mitchell said in the U.S. Library of Congress’s media release. “Thank you for honouring me.”
For Mitchell, it’s the latest in a series of accolades and recognitions over the last few years. Last year, she was named the MusiCares Person of the Year and received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. In 2021, she was a Kennedy Center honouree.
Previous recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Carole King and Willie Nelson.