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Joni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance at the Grammys

When viewers tune in to the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, they’ll see some well-known celebrities at the mic as presenters, including Megan Thee Stallion, Questlove, Dua Lipa, Lenny Kravitz and Jared Leto.

And a surprising one: Joni Mitchell.

It will be a rare public appearance for Mitchell, 78, the revered Canadian singer-songwriter who was one of the defining figures of the singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s and ’70s. Mitchell, who has never been in the spotlight, has kept a low profile in public since her aneurysm in 2015 and has spent the following years in a gradual recovery.

The past year or two has brought Mitchell a wave of recognition. Their 1971 album Blue, which had little commercial impact when it was released but was a long-time connoisseur favorite, was lavishly celebrated for its 50th birthday last year. She received a Kennedy Center Honor in December, and some of her songs, like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now,” were performed by Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, and Norah Jones. In a speech during the White House reception for the event, she addressed her health, saying, “I’m limping along, but I’m fine.” She even joked in an on-camera red carpet interview, “I’m old enough to be honored before.”

In a taped interview last year for a virtual Grammy gala hosted by music executive Clive Davis, she gave an overview of her career, saying that by the mid-1960s the folk music world was “territorial” in terms of repertoire and that she’s learned “The only way out of this dilemma is to write your own songs.” She also told Davis that she’s only recently realized the breadth of her influence; For years, she said, “I was only aware of bad reviews.”

Mitchell last released an album of new songs in 2007. In January, she asked Spotify to remove her music after Neil Young did the same, in protest at the streaming service for its role in providing a platform for misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

On Friday, Mitchell will also be the honoree of a gala for MusiCares, a Grammy-affiliated charity that helps musicians in need, with Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Stills, Herbie Hancock, Jon Batiste, Sara Bareilles, Beck, Carlile and others who love their music perform.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/arts/music/joni-mitchell-grammy-awards.html Joni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance at the Grammys

Ian Walker

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