Joni Mitchell has been chosen as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year.
As the honouree for MusiCares’ 31st annual Person of the Year benefit gala, Mitchell will join a list of recent honourees that includes Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton and Aerosmith.
“I’m honoured to be chosen as Person of the Year by this great charity,” the Canadian singer-songwriter and eight-time Grammy Award winner 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.”
Proceeds from the gala support MusiCares, a major charitable organization that provides support for music professionals in times of financial, personal or medical crisis. Since March of 2020, the charity has also supplied $25 million in relief to those affected by the industry’s disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tribute to Joni Mitchell will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 29, 2022, two nights before the 64th annual Grammy Awards.
“We are so excited to bring together an amazing lineup of artists to celebrate the musical legacy of Joni Mitchell,” said Laura Segura, executive director of MusiCares. “She is being honoured not only for her iconic music and lyrics, but for her trailblazing spirit and the inspiration she’s brought to so many artists.”
Organizers have not yet announced the artists who will be taking part in the tribute to Joni Mitchell.
It was also announced recently that Joni Mitchell will be honoured as one of the winners of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ lifetime achievement award.
Mitchell has won eight Grammy Awards and has been inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In Canada, she has received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada.