The Library of Congress has awarded Joni Mitchell the 2023 Gershwin Prize for Well-liked Music, as The New York Instances notes. A tribute live performance on March 1 will honor the Canadian singer-songwriter in Washington, D.C., and can air on PBS. There isn’t a phrase but on whether or not the elusive artist, who returned to the stage ultimately yr’s Newport People Competition and has scheduled a present in Washington state this June, will carry out within the live performance.
“Joni Mitchell’s music and artistry have left a definite impression on American tradition and internationally, crossing from people music with a particular voice whose songs will stick with us for the ages,” Carla Hayden, the librarian of Congress, mentioned in an announcement reported by NPR. “Joni Mitchell’s music has so many artists and music lovers all singing her tunes. We’re honored to current the Gershwin Prize to this musical genius.”
“It is a very prestigious award,” Mitchell mentioned. “Thanks for honoring me.”
Amid a resurgence of recognition and her gradual return to public life, Mitchell is planning a reside album of the Newport People Competition set, which was her first in 22 years. Since a 2015 mind aneurysm, she has needed to learn to converse and stroll once more, and has been enjoying non-public “Joni Jams” to assist her restoration, in accordance with her buddy Brandi Carlile, who’s organizing the June present at Washington state’s Gorge Amphitheatre.
Earlier recipients of the Gershwin Prize, which is known as for Ira and George Gershwin, embody Stevie Surprise, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Willie Nelson.
Learn Pitchfork’s latest Sunday Assessment of Hejira, revisit “Joni Mitchell: Her Artwork and Life in 33 Songs,” and, under, try a evaluation of the Newport People Competition present: