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2024 GRAMMYs: Joni Mitchell Performs For The First Time Print-ready version

The highly decorated GRAMMY veteran made her first appearance as a performer at Music's Biggest Night, performing "Both Sides Now" at the 2024 GRAMMYs.

by Krystal Rodriguez
Grammy.com
February 4, 2024

PHOTO: KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES FOR THE RECORDING ACADEMY

The 80-year-old icon and 2022 MusiCares Person Of The Year performed at the 2024 GRAMMYs - her first time as a musical act on Music's Biggest Night. Mitchell graced the audience with her soul-stirring hit "Both Sides Now."

After a passionate introduction by Brandi Carlile, who called her the "matriarch of imagination," Mitchell appeared onstage in an ornate, throne-like chair with grand chandeliers. Accompanied by a backing band - comprised of Carlile, Allison Russell, Sistastrings, Lucius, Jacob Collier, and Blake Mills - Mitchell's voice radiated throughout Crypto.com Arena while delivering the song's bittersweet, introspective message: "I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow... I really don't know life at all." Her lyrics resonated with members of the audience, who teared up before offering a deserved standing ovation.

"Both Sides Now" was originally released as part of Mitchell's 1969 album Clouds. The song also appears on her 2023 live album, Joni Mitchell At Newport, which took home the golden gramophone for Best Folk Album this year. The LP immortalizes her surprise set at the Newport Folk Festival in 2022, where she played a selection of her greatest hits with help from Brandi Carlile and co. It was Mitchell's first performance in 20 years.

"We had so much fun at that concert and I think you can feel that on the record," Mitchell said of the LP during her acceptance speech. "It's a very joyous record because of the people that I played with and the spirit of the occasion was very high... Even the audience sounds like music."

While 2024 marks Mitchell's first time performing at the GRAMMYs, the singer/songwriter is already a highly decorated figure within the world's leading society of music people.

Prior to this year, she had been nominated 18 times and won nine - including her first golden gramophone in 1970 for Best Folk Performance (Clouds), and most recently in 2022 for Best Historical Album (Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) ). In 2002, she earned the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2022 was honored as MusiCares' Person of the Year. Carlile was one of many artists who performed covers of Mitchell's songs during the tribute concert. Three of her albums (Blue, Court and Spark, and Clouds) have been inducted to the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

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