Joni Mitchell has been announced as MusiCares’ 2022 ‘Person of the Year’.
The charity arm of The Recording Academy, the organisation that hosts the Grammys, chooses its ‘Person of the Year’ to celebrate an artist or group whose contributions to music and philanthropy best represent the Academy’s values.
Past recipients of the award include Bono, Sting, Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Carole King, and a number of others. Last year’s recipients were American hard rock band Aerosmith.
2018’s ceremony was notable as being the final appearance of Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham to date. Stevie Nicks took issue with some of Buckingham’s actions during the acceptance and reportedly gave the band an ultimatum to fire Buckingham.
Mitchell is having a pretty good year: her landmark 1971 album Blue is celebrating its 50th anniversary and receiving tribute performances from artists like Brandi Carlile. Her archives series has produced several hidden gems, including a Jimi Hendrix-recorded live set, and Mitchell is set to be included among this year’s Kennedy Center honorees.
Typically MusiCares ‘Person of the Year’ honorees perform at the ceremony, but there are plenty of factors that make that unlikely for Mitchell. For one, her last live performance was as part of her 70th Birthday celebration back in 2013, and more importantly, Joni Mitchell is still recovering from a brain aneurism from back in 2015.
Mitchell has made a number of public appearances since the health scare, so there’s a strong possibility that Mitchell will at least appear to accept the honour.